Lessons from a Great City

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We were in San Francisco for meetings and a speaking engagement this weekend. Then my husband and I took an extra day to just relax, something long overdue for us (thanks to some angel babysitting by my folks). It was a breath of fresh air and a much-needed break during a pretty stressful time.  A little Valentine’s Day dinner, a little sleeping in, a little walking and exploring. Heaven.

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But seeing the city I love — perhaps as much as my own hometown, since San Francisco was also home for me at one time — did two things for me this weekend.

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It reminded me of the old days (favorite streets and bookstores) and also gave me new vistas and ideas to explore. New SoMa spots to eat and grab a coffee or tea that I hadn’t seen before. Huge swaths of new lofts near Yerba Buena. Candlestick Park being demolished (!!)

A great city does that, much like a great book or a great human being — when you spend more time revisiting it, you notice or learn things you didn’t see before.

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Seeing a place full of such tremendous memories was freeing. Roaming the city this time…

-Provided a reprieve and rest during an overwhelming season of life.

-Reminded me of some of the things in my life that I have neglected.

-Gave me new ideas about how to handle some situations I’m currently in.

-Provided me the mental space to rethink and redirect my approach to some of my writing projects.

-Put life and work in a bit more perspective and reminded me that God is, thankfully, bigger than I am, bigger than my imperfections or circumstances.

Needless to say, I’ve been taking many notes since returning. The juices are flowing. And I hope I never stop remembering these lessons from a great city.

Any lessons you’ve learned lately from revisiting a favorite place? Share them with me.

Onward!

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