Sunday, September 15, 2013

Life in the Slow Lane

One of the joys of life is taking time with friends and new acquaintances to quietly talk and reflect on life in general. Such was the case one recent evening at Reflections Inn, when all of our guests gathered in our covered patio overlooking the Clearwater River to chat over a glass of wine before bed.

This spontaneous gathering included couples from Bismarck, North Dakota, La Rosa, California, and from (somewhere near) Worcestershire, England. The discussion ranged from "A European's Perspective on the 2nd Iraq War and Terrorism", to gun control, shale oil deposits and fracking, and the historical treatment of America's indigenous people (Native/Indian Tribal People).

During this discussion there was no yelling, no confrontations, just people talking quietly, in a respectful manner to each other. It turned out to be a delightful evening! It makes one wonder why more civil and respectful conversations can't be held at all levels of our society?

At the end of the evening I walked back to the main house of Reflections Inn thinking to myself that what happened that evening had been foretold over 25 years ago by Ruth, my wife. Back then, she described this evening when she wrote that she wanted to create a country inn with an atmosphere that encouraged relaxation, reflection, and respectful conversation. And that’s what we did.

It's feels good when a plan comes together; particularly a plan that has been in the making for 25 years.

Jim

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