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The Secret Place

Lemon Grove resident and HEAL Zone committee member continures his running in Lemon Grove.

Lemon Grove has a Secret Place. Who knew?! It is interesting what one can find and discover when doing something uncommon and out of the ordinary. Lemon Grove has a Secret Place—but I can’t tell you where it is because then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

I found the Secret Place while out on my “run Lemon Grove” campaign. I almost ran right by it. It is subtle yet still unmistakable. I came across it at about 4 ½ miles on my 6-mile run of the city streets for that day. I was a little tired and thinking about water so I just about missed it. I was more focused on getting done with the run and less observant of what was actually around me.  I’d hate to have missed the Secret Place. I am glad I snapped out of my jogging haze in time to see it and spend a few minutes there.

We do miss out on a lot when we stay stuck in our ruts and routines, don’t we? It is easy and safe to stay in our comfort zone. Honestly (and sadly) that is where I spend most of my time—my comfort zone.  All too often we settle for the common and ordinary. And sometimes we can be so focused on or worried about the future (like thinking about water at the end of a run) that we miss what is around us in the “here and now.”

Do something uncommon. Risk doing something out of the ordinary. Step out of your comfort zone. Live in the moment. And you just might find a Secret Place.

Until next time ... Be active!

P.S. The Secret Place is a small street in Lemon Grove off of Lincoln between
Washington and Golden. Yes, that is the name of the street—Secret Pl.

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Helen Ofield September 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Secret Place has been there for about 70 years. It is tucked away, very sweet, very charming, a little surprise. Much like Lemon Grove.
Mark W. Stapleton September 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ms. Ofield - Thanks so much for following the blog. And yes, it is a quiet and quaint little street.
Mark & Anne Stapleton September 08, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Well written blog, Babe! Keep on running & writing. Your wife & proud supporter, ~Anne
Melanie Briones September 09, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Clever Mark .. very clever! Your words continue to inspire me to run and be mindful and present while on runs and in life. Who knew a running blog could be so profoundly thought-provoking!!
Helen Ofield September 10, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Melanie, Mark, Anne, I don't think I imagined this, but on the first day of school, Sept. 4, a large number of parents were WALKING their children to and from their schools. Usually one sees kids in cars with Mom at the wheel. I was struck by how the streets were dotted with walking family groups. Is Heal Zone working? (I apologize if my question seems short-sighted, but the street was IS different...)
Mark W. Stapleton September 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Well, the word is getting out. Ernie Anastos is on the HEAL Zone Steering Committee and he is working from the school side of things to getting people living a more active lifestyle. We will see even more evidence as time goes on and we implement more of our Communtiy Action Plans. Great observation, and thanks for sharing.

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