Sometimes it’s fun to venture a bit out of the neighborhood, even if it’s just a mile away. I found out about a new little park that borders a canyon in nearby Mission Hills. My neighbor Marilyn said the park cost the city a million dollars. I think if the city is going to spend a million dollars on something, then why not a park? Why not something we can all enjoy?
I not only enjoyed the little park, but the neighborhood surrounding it. As I walked Griffin by the old homes, I wondered about the people who lived in them, but even more so about the people who had lived there back in the 20’s, 30’s 40’s, etc. I thought about all the different types of music that must have emitted from the windows.
I thought about all the holidays spent in these homes. Births, deaths, celebrations, mournings, emotions — every home holding numerous stories.
Snapping back to the present — the million-dollar park, Griffin enjoying unfamiliar sights and smells — I felt a sense of appreciation and warmth.
It’s interesting how venturing a bit outside of your comfort zone and exploring new areas can put you into a deeper state of mind, into a different introspection. I’m inspired to do it more often. I encourage you to do the same.