Monday Smiles 4/11/2016

blue lanternFor quite a few years, I’ve attended a fall and spring retreat with my Thursday Night Men’s Group … and posted about it here on Older Eyes, Bud’s Blog.  This year, for an assortment of reasons that shall remain private, I decided not to go.  I told my wife Muri that we should go away for the weekend and have our own retreat.  A week ago, I was checking for availability at the Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point and found that their Tower Room was available as a last minute special … half price … for the weekend of the eighth, so I reserved it for Friday and Saturday night.  The Tower Room is on the third floor, overlooking the marina and Dana Point Harbor, one of my favorite coastline views.  Saturday, we had breakfast in or room while we watched a paddle board competition on the beach below.  Our friend Jackie from Solana Beach came by around noon and we spent the afternoon talking in our room, then went to dinner at a local fish house.

It rained on Friday night and Saturday morning, then gradually cleared by Sunday, making the view from our balcony slowly change from grays to blues.

It was a lovely and relaxing weekend.  On the way home, Muri asked if I wished the weekend were more spiritual, like the Men’s Retreat.   I told her, No, that I’d rather spend the weekend with her.  But I should have said … as I’m saying now … is that for me, spirituality is a feeling, and as such, there is nothing more spiritual than being in a beautiful place with people you love.  It was a perfect retreat.

It’s Monday … I’m smiling.

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