Good morning! I’ve had about 12 ounces of liquid energy in the form of Pike Place from Starbucks this morning, so you might have to bare (bear?) with me. Today’s post title’s inspiration can be credited to at least 2 different sources, bonus points if you can name BOTH!
It’s been 10 weeks today since I had surgery on my torn achilles. Of course, I haven’t been able to run since then and so there’s a huge mental and physical void to be filled. Physically, running is irreplaceable. I’m doing all that I can do, but nothing can match the release of endorphins from a good run and nothing can get my heart rate up quite like running can. Mentally, running can be somewhat theraputic. It’s a great place to clear my mind when I run alone and it’s also a great place to chat with some of the most interesting people that I know.
Luckily, I’m still able to meet up with many of those interesting people and have some coffee. We’ve gathered most every Sunday morning since I got hurt. At first I couldn’t even drive myself and I’d have to mooch a ride from willing friends (or friend, since it was about 95% Wade) but now I’m free to get there myself and that’s a plus.
Most people that show up for our Sunday morning coffee gathering (bright and early, usually around 6:15) are showing up after a run. I totally wish I was doing the same, but it IS nice not to be the smelliest person in the coffee shop for a change hehe.
I’m really thankful to have a good group of people to drink a cup or two with. The conversations are always good. We don’t ALWAYS talk about running. We get into a variety of topics, some fun, some serious. Today we talked about some hard topics that many people are talking about these days, like drugs and gun control. We come from a variety of backgrounds and aren’t all like-minded about how we feel about these sorts of issues. We have different personalities, as demonstrated by the oh so popular Enneagram personality tests.
I love that we have a place to speak our minds, without fear of judgment. We don’t always agree, and there are times we talk about things that are of deep concern and strong feelings. At the end of it all, nobody takes any of it personally. I think there’s a genuine effort to understand each other, even for things that are so built into us that we’d never change our own views and we’re sure that we are right.
I think that this environment is something that we as a country are starting to lose. One look at social media will tell you that. It doesn’t take long for discussion to get heated and get personal. People that don’t even know each other will make assumptions and get personal. It’s ugly. Unpopular views can be quickly dismissed, without any chance for discussion. Often times, it’s an “all of nothing” discussion.
Don’t get me wrong. We spend most of our time we talk about goofy, random stuff and laugh it up like children. It’s really wide open.
I’m happy to have a place to sip a good cup of coffee with friends and talk about whatever comes up. I think we all could use a little Sunday morning coffee. Thanks, friends.