It's All About Perspective

The day before we left, Larry took this photo of Nyoman and I. In the background you can see Nyoman's "office" where she spends more than 70 hours per week pedaling jewelry for a local who owns the booth at the Ubud Market. What a life, you may ask? A very happy one... her face reveals.

I received an email this morning from my friend, Nyoman Artini. I met Nyoman two days before leaving Bali to return home. Let me tell you a bit about her....

Nyoman grew up in a village just outside of the large village of Ubud. She is 23 and married to a man named Wayan. She works at the "Ubud Market", a large concrete building with small, poorly lit cubicles. She sells sterling silver jewelry and works seven days a week, ten hours per day. She has no lunch hour, no breaks, and sits in the bellows of Ubud Market for most of her life. She is happy. Joyful. And she reminds us daily that we have all that we need. Right here. Right now.

Here is the email I found in my inbox this morning:

Ibu Britt,
Halo how are you today we are in bali always missing of you .
What are you doing now ?we are in bali in bali happy and healty ,to day litle tired be couse we gone to visiting big vestival art in denpasar . Ok thanks and see you soon om santi santi santi om i hope happy always with you

Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life.