When I am in Chennai I always know my options at the end of the day. They include Chinese, contemporary Indian, Italian, a buffet with great pizza and pasta options, or going out. It should be easy! Inevitably, it never is. Whatever my aspirations are when I arrive, a sauna break refocuses my attention. As much as I might want to go out, I rarely do. I usually end up chilling out, staying in, and enjoying a great meal.
As I wake in the morning, I feel renewed and energized. There is something wonderful about slowing down, letting Life do its work, and waking to rediscover the results. Occasionally, I decide to push things. Chennai has lots of food and shopping options. While I enjoy the evening, the next day is always a bit tougher.
I have come to appreciate my evening rest stops. I also realize that they are a choice. When I go out, they are still there, open for business, servicing customers. The opportunities to slow down, relax, and be serviced remain options, even when I choose a different one.
Others have made note of the moment of decision. David words are a good reminder; “You [God] serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.” (Psalm 23.5) God did divine work, leaving David with an opportunity.
I appreciate the rest stop the Coromandel offers me each evening. The combination of great service, an excellent sauna, and wonderful food is wonderful. The nuances have changed over the year but the essence of what is available remains the same. A constant that has always been there is one of choice. The rest is not mandatory. There are no requirements that I am aware of. It is just one of many alternatives.
When I am travelling with colleagues, I share the option. I know it is not compelling for everyone. Some take me up on the invitation and sweat it out. Others go their own way. Taking some rest is a choice.