Do You Have Lake Chapala Instincts?

April 9, 2011

Have you ever wanted to do something, perhaps to buy a new car or some other something that you wanted, but your instincts said no… but then you went ahead and did it anyway.

You were happy for a while, then the new wore off and you were stuck with large car payments for a long time or some other negative consequence.

Something like this has happened to most all of us. Some of us several  times.

Your instincts were right, but your desire was not in harmony with your instinct.

Sometimes we want something and our instincts say, “Yes, that’s right for me or for us.” So, we make the decision, Yes !

Then we begin to listen to our well meaning, but under informed family or friends or both that tell us something like, “What? You’re going to do what?  That’s just crazy ! What about________ !

Then we begin to second-guess our desires and instincts.

Doubt creeps in, you think you may be wrong, because that's what you've been told by other well meaning people and family.

They of course want the best for you, but whether they realize it or not they have their own motives too.

The truth is that they are just “reacting” and  know less than you. After all, you’ve investigated your decision, you’ve looked into your heart and your instinct says, “Go For It!”.

My advice, stay the course you've set. If you’ve done your homework, you’ve thought it through in your own head, heart and mind and your instincts say “Go for it!”


Almost all of us who live here at Lake Chapala have been through this process. We decided that we were in control of our lives. We knew that we had done our due diligence. We knew we were acting responsibly.

No, our families didn’t abandon us , they still love us, and now they see how happy we are and they’re happy for us.

They come to visit and we go to visit. We stay in touch by e mails, by inexpensive video conferencing (see below), inexpensive international calling over the internet, by Facebook, and Twitter.

The result is that we’ve proven to ourselves and to them that our instincts were right all along.

Trust Your Instincts! Go For It!”

Thousands of us have done so and we’ve never been happier!

Check out the below video to see how easy it is to reach out and touch your loved ones from Lake Chapala.


  • MaryAnn

    Sid, This blog couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been dreaming about retiring in Mexico for 5 years, with my focus on Lake Chapala for the past 2 years. My family has not been supportive due to the news about the border violence. I finally asserted myself and told everyone that I am moving in June 2012. I have to sell my house and that is going to be a challenge. I have done my due diligence and feel comfortable and excited about the move. Look for me walking my dogs or bicycling on the malecon soon!

  • Sid Grosvenor

    HI Mary Ann,

    Thanks for the nice comments. This has been a common complaint from family and loved ones for many, may years.
    Even long before the border violence of the last 5 or 6 years. Mexico, as a whole is much safer than the USA and our
    area is particularly safe.

    Of course there are parts of all big cities where it’s like a war zone.

    As a Dallas Police Officer I sometimes worked over time hours walking during the late night/early morning hours in the housing developments for added security beyound the regular car patrols in the area.

    We were not permitted at that time to walk alone or even in pairs. There had to be 3 or 4 of us in a group. Of course we all wore
    body armor and thankfully I was never involved in a major incident during these patrols, but it struck me then, that it was a shame that the patrols were even necessary… and that was about 18 years ago.

    No foot patrols need at Lake Chapala. We feel safe (even unescorted ladies) walking after dark in our towns, villages, and developments here.

    Thanks again for your comment. Your family and friends will come around. They almost always do.

    Tu amigo, Sid

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