Where is your Safe House?
The other night I got back from the airport, picked up my dog and came home to make some dinner.
I turned on the TV and saw a commercial for a movie called Safe House. It’s a movie where Denzel Washington (you gotta love Denzel) is a fugitive that is put in a safe house to be guarded by Ryan Reynolds in an out of the way secure area.
Now I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it got me to thinking about the trip to Big Bear, California I just returned home from.
I spent the weekend with seven of my best friends that I have known for over thirty years at a friend’s cabin nestled in the beautiful San Bernadino Mountains.
That’s my safe house.
Why would I call this cabin a Safe House?
To me a Safe House is a place where you can let your guard down knowing that you are safe and secure, with people you know and trust, and that they have your back. What is said at the Safe House, stays at the Safe House.
My friends and I get together every year to go on a boys’ weekend to catch up on each other’s lives. This usually involves some sort of activity to prove we are still young, but every year we learn we are getting older and don’t recover as fast as we used to.
Don’t get me wrong, for a bunch of 52 year olds, all of these guys are in good shape. We have all worked hard to live healthier lifestyles than we had in the past, but when we get together the competitive side of us comes out.
We did our share of activities including some golf and hiking, but mostly we sat around and talked about the old days, looked at year books, and reminisced about growing up in Southern California in the 60’s and 70’s.
To me a Safe House is a place where I can get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and get together with a bunch of friends I love and trust. You know.., the ones you want to be around and to share what is happening in your lives.
For me, the best part of the weekend was getting to talk to the guys about some of the recent challenges in our lives, and how we’ve all overcome those challenges to become successful.
A lot of our success over the past few years is because we talk on the phone a lot and bounce ideas off each other. We aren’t afraid to ask the other’s opinion because we know we will get an honest answer. We do this whether we are talking about our businesses, or our personal lives.
So take a little time off and go find your Safe House and share it with the ones you love.
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