This summer I made a trip to Ohio, to attend my 50th high school graduation reunion. The trip turned out to be much more nostalgic than I imagined it would be. I am pleased that the passage of time has helped make my memories more gentle and kind!
I imagine time has a way of distilling out all the petty grievances and worries we all carry with us and we come to a point when life itself - and the shear joy of living it- overshadows most other concerns. That may not be true for everyone, but it's true today, for me.
And, of course, since this is a blog about the Reflections Inn, I ultimately draw all lessons about life and human relations back to that beautiful place in the Bitterroot Mountains.
I've notice more recently that my close friends are also focusing more on making beautiful memories, as well as celebrating the lives they've lived. I could sense this last night at my reunion. There was a kindness and gentleness in the way we approached each other, it bordered on being almost reverential!
I've promised myself this morning, as I write this blog, to redouble my efforts to promote kind and gentle memories with each new guest contact. It may be a stretch, but Reflections Inn is much, much more than just a nice place to stay in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Clearwater River - it is a place in which memories are made and, perhaps even, lifetimes celebrated. It's true for Ruth and me, our family and close friends, but we want it to be true for other people who visit us and their families too!