Force of habit

When you think about Costa Rica – whether it’s your home, a fond memory, a place you’d love to visit, or just an idea – do you think of a daily habit that would bring some joy to your life? That small morning plate of fresh fruit that’s so ubiquitous at hotels here; a slow unwinding over afternoon coffee; rituals that enhance family connections; a walk in nature?

All of that sounds great to me, but I am absolutely awful at doing things every day. In fact, aside from writing this Daily Boost and brushing my teeth, I can’t think of any commitment to do something every day where I’ve met my goal. Maybe ever.

I got a glimpse, therefore, of what more disciplined people know naturally: of the way in which, when something must be done every day, your mind starts to turn towards it naturally. Happily, in my case, this meant that I began to seek out little gems of Costa Rican life wherever I went, whether that was just a nice photo or piece of street art, or a story from an artisan or community leader.

In this month of Costa Rican Independence and as we approach the country’s bicentennial year, is there a little bit of Costa Rica you’d like to incorporate into your daily routine, or something that’s already there? I’d love to hear what it is.

Image from user jtoddpope via Shutterstock.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; learn how to join my Overwhelmed Writers’ League, every Saturday at 1 pm EST; and please connect with me on Instagram or FacebookTo learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section – or for ways to enjoy Costa Rica from afar, visit Virtual Costa Rica.


One thought on “Force of habit

  1. Yes! We have our Costa Rican coffee maker. I love to stand and watch the coffee drip slowly into my cup. The smell of the Finca Christina organic coffee beans brings me back
    to our visit to the farm in Paraiso. I value coffee so much more since I saw how difficult it is to grow and harvest, then process the beans…especially organically. So my daily ritual is Costa Rican coffee made with a Costa Rican coffee maker and much appreciation for all the hands involved in bringing it to me in Maine, USA.


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