The Center of Connected Living FL

TIPTOE IF YOU MUST, BUT TAKE THE STEP!

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life!

Hi Everyone,

I’m beginning to really enjoy our fall weather!  I bundled up yesterday – a tank top and jacket with yoga pants – and headed for our community jogging path not far from my home.  The path is nestled within a park with tennis courts, basketball courts, child play areas, and various fitness stations.  There are always men, women and children of various ethnicity and background enjoying some time outside.

I like to people-watch and observe others on the path.  Yesterday there was a mom pushing a toddler in a scroller, one couple spending time together, solo joggers and walkers, and…two separate groups of men.  There were two older men walking together, and a group of three also strolling.  Trying to keep up a good pace, I passed each group more than once.  And each time I could overhear snippets of conversation about people in their lives, work politics, and daily issues.  I thought, ‘How Cool! Men meeting up at the park, walking together and talking!’  It’s a cultural assumption that men ‘don’t talk about their feelings’; ‘aren’t as good as women at relationship’; and ‘don’t bond with other men as adults’.  However, my observation questioned each of these assumptions and I LOVED it! A few miles later I saw the men approach the parking lot, overheard them say ‘thanks’ to one another for the time, and go on their separate ways. I look forward to sightings on the path tomorrow and the connections I observe of people of all ages and backgrounds.  Perhaps my path is symbolic of stages of the life cycle and all the relationships life can hold.

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