Our balcony in Costa Rica looks out at the tops of the trees, giving us a perfect view of the forest. Toucans, tanagers, and tropical birds I've never seen before gather there every morning. Three-toed sloths graze in nearby branches, while the Pacific Ocean laps in the distance. As my husband and I sip coffee and watch the show each morning, I can't help but be thankful for my good fortune.
It was one of those days when I was at my desk early. First I checked email, then it was time for a morning meeting. Next, I had a few minutes to type up my notes, and I was off to another appointment.
On a beautiful morning, I was up early to watch the pale light filter through the trees as the sun rose. The forest came to life as I sat on my balcony. I sipped a cup of rich, locally grown coffee and watched the tropical birds flit through the branches in the early morning sunlight. I refreshed my coffee and settled back to enjoy the sounds of wildlife around me, while my husband slept in our room.
The words jumped out at me from the email on my screen. "We have an emergency! We need your help!" At that moment I was on vacation in Mexico with my husband. When I worked in a corporate job, seeing an email like this while on vacation would have made me nervous. But not this time.