Guatemala: Guerrillas, Graduations and G’Memories

Guatemala: Guerrillas, Graduations and G’Memories

This morning I woke up and the power was turned off at my house. The electric company was supposed to switch us over but made a mistake. (That’s why my blog was late. Excuses!)

It reminded me of growing up in Guatemala. We were without power quite often. Either the guerrillas blew up a power plant or some hydroelectric dam was being shut down. It was always an adventure there.

I came over to my parents to write this blog (they have power) and my dad found my high school diploma from Guatemala. I started thinking about those days.

Then a great friend of mine from Guatemala posted one of my favorite verses: Say not, “why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. Ecclesiastes 7:10

I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I can see a pattern.

Here’s what I concluded:

  1. Guatemala was filled with good and bad experiences. Both shaped me.
  2. When I look back the good memories comes to mind. I have to think really hard to remember the bad ones.
  3. It’s not wise for me to wish things could go back to the way they used to be because I look at it with hindsight bias. I don’t see the whole picture.
  4. One day I’ll look back at these days right now and remember the good memories. There are lots of them. (God’s grace has a way of doing that.) It would be wise for me to start focusing on those things now. It makes my life a lot happier.