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What Place Do You Find Yourself In?
email this pageprint this pageemail usDavid Lord - PVNN
January 25, 2010

The very essence of you will never be realized if you are not in a location that permits you the opportunity to reflect on the path you are traveling in this life.
Is there a place that you can go to get away from the mad house the world has become since 2000? Maybe you should think of a home away from home. I am not about to claim that I have answers for everyone, but some share what was my life condition, so I'll share what was my life solution.

My condition was not unpleasant, just not satisfying; the rewards in life were always in the future. No matter the time given towards my future goal, it was never enough to gain on that goal. To show progression instead of digression was like balancing on a teeter-totter, up or down weekly. Then the question of maintaining the pace became more about increasing the pace, finally becoming a question not about getting ahead but just maintaining position among the herd as everyone slipped behind.

"Location, location, location" the realtor says to prospects, it was true in Real Estate and just as true in life. The very essence of you will never be realized if you are not in a location that permits you the opportunity to reflect on the path you are traveling in this life.

When your time runs out (and it will someday), will you ask yourself if you have no regrets over the quality of your life? I have witnessed in my service to Veterans, deep personnel insights that some of them experience near the end of their life. I know from their experience that the single most important thing to them is when they review their life that there were no overwhelming regrets. I see a peace within them that radiates and shines out as peace fills their days that remain.

While on the other hand, those that have regrets are unwilling to leave life, their unmeant or unrealized goals have stolen their peace, their very presence is distracted by regret. Their absent life is felt within, sensing that an unfulfilled life is slipping away too soon.

What place do you find yourself in? Are you content with yourself, your family and friends, your education, your travels, your service to community. Can you say "I am happy"?

For myself in Puerto Vallarta, I feel good about those choices that brought me here to Paradise. I have learned here that by accepting life as is, by not seeking everything that money buys, it brings me closer to a fulfilled life. I have learned from others that by giving we then start receiving, fulfilling what one seeks in life.

Feel alive to all the possible experiences paradise offers you here. The people of Puerto Vallarta are a good example of purposeful living, both in work and play their acceptance of conditions makes life a little brighter. Their reflected energy through this Community is not suppressed by hard times or even life's uncertain turns. The underlying reason is that the values within the community are maintained by strong family and social obligations passed from generation to generation.

Hard times up North mean deep financial hardship there, and loss of possessions is closely associated with your loss of identity as a valued person in that community. The financial storm can cause things to be lost, but if you do not depend on things for your value, their loss does not pack the same devastation. A person here is not judged as much on the content of their home as on the character of their person. What is held to have value here remains even after things that are possessed are taken away.

The best thing for Veterans, as far as I can advise, is to enjoy the moment no matter where you find yourself. That being said, if you cannot do so in your present location, physically move to where you have remove obstacles to your happiness.

If you suffer physical handicaps then get to a climate that allows mobility and find out that being mobile is opportunity's path. Veterans have more disabilities due to Military Service, it is a dangerous occupation. The benefits that allow you an equal footing in the workplace, income paid is just as spendable here in Mexico, except the money goes twice as far, even in an upscale place like Puerto Vallarta. A.T.M. machines here dispense your money at your discretion, the fact that your enjoying the beach and sunshine is certainly a plus.

Have medical concerns about the condition you have to deal with? The Foreign Medical Program is insurance run by the V.A., it will cover 100% of the cost related to your Service Connected disabilities. This insurance coverage is good all over the world while on vacation or living full time abroad. You have so much to be thankful for, America does take care of those that suffer physical disability due to Military Service - no matter where they must go to find peace of mind.
David Lord is a V.A. accredited Veterans Service Officer living full time as a resident of Mexico. David is retired from U.S.M.C. for a gunshot wound, his unit received the Presidential Unit Citation at Khe Sanh Combat Base. He was a rifleman with the 1/26th, 5th Marine Division in 1968 during the 77 day Siege at Khe Sahn, then awarded The Purple Heart for a gunshot wound in Quang Tri Province. For more information, email him at david.lord(at)

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