Finding Grace – Zephyr Cove, Nevada

Now where was I? Hum. I am starting to realize that where I *was* matters a lot less than where I am right now. So lets start with that. I am sitting in bed in Lake Tahoe feeling really really blessed. I am at peace and feeling my life is quite harmonious at the moment. My friend has graciously lent me his condo for the month and I am soaking up the solitude. I haven’t driven my car since I got here as everything I need is in walking distance. Everyday I walk to the Anytime Fitness and pound out a good solid sweat session. I have a few extra pounds that insisted on traveling with me after the cruise. Next I stop at the Safeway to pick up some fresh fruits and veggies for dinner. Both of these venues are 24 hours which I haven’t quite utilized just yet but knowing my random bouts with insomnia, I just may. Anyway, I may just do it for the fun of it. Because I can.

I was really impressed with the gym which has state of the art equipment and TV and iPod jacks on every cardio machine. Its brand new and I felt the owner, Brian, was genuine when he looked me in the eyes, shook my hand, and told me he was really glad I was here. Appreciation is so integral to building good connections. Because the place is 24 hours and there are many times you may be there alone, they have an strong focus on security. I was uber impressed that they even provide little security alarm devices to take with you if you ever feel insecure leaving the place in the middle of the night. I guess I have underestimated the value of feeling safe and comfortable in a workout space. It really makes a difference and allows me to really focus on my body, not the energies around me. The other members are friendly and respectful too which I suppose also makes a difference. Needless to say, it isn’t hard for me to spend several hours there without even realizing it.

The Safeway is my other fun field trip. They carry all sorts of strange things like jars of Pigs Feet, pickled everything, and not just French Vanilla ice cream but Mexican “Ole Vanilla” ice cream too. Their selection is incredible and sometimes I like to just wander the aisles to see what kinds of things people are eating these days. As for me, I am staying on the healthy train for now. I admit, those tiny single serving cartons of Ben and Jerry’s/Haagan Daaz/Starbucks ice cream on sale for just a dollar are pretty hard to resist. But my will power seems to have returned after having abandoning me for a week while I was on the ship. Everything seems to be getting back into balance actually, and for this I am so grateful.

Tonight I went a couple doors down for dinner with my lovely French neighbor Marie, who has also let me piggy back her internet connection. There were five women there and we shared delicious homemade healthy food, a little bit of wine, and a lot of warm conversation. I was kind of timid to go at first as I have fallen quite heavily back into my hermitess tendencies. After the constant company and busyness of the last few weeks, I have swung quite fervently  the other way. I am quite content in my happy little bubble and somewhat routine I have developed. But my absent host Pat called me from his current work post in DC encouraging me to go meet his wonderful neighbors. Finally after some coaxing (including a handwritten letter of invitation pasted to my front door when I arrived home from the gym), I reluctantly walked over all the while trying to hush my inner critic.

I am so glad I went. Not only was the food spectacular, but it was a real gift to feel some camaraderie with some quite interesting ladies. I guess there are times when I forget the unique energy that manifests when several women gather. It is not only uplifting but almost necessary for us to share space, time and energy with our sisters.  Sometimes I take for granted that unspoken understanding that we have between us to love, support, and cherish each other as the fairer sex. In any case, nights like this remind me. And I can assure you that I left there with a spring in my step, a huge smile, and a heart full of gratitude because of it.

Grateful for gentleness.

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