As I started this week, I had a 24 hour retreat canceled due to weather conditions. Having gone through summer and a fall that was warm, I wasn’t quite ready for a snow storm. The storm was not bad around here, but the others attending the retreat were in dangerous conditions. Canceling was not a bad thing.
Except that I had no other plans. Which is tough on a planner. So, I quickly started all sorts of machinations in my head. Things that I had wanted to accomplish at the retreat and other avenues of thought arose.
None of the great ideas materialized. The time was spent enjoying some tasks around home, being with my wife, and finding out that I was tired. The last few weeks have been without a break. This break was welcome, unexpected and a bit harried as I tried to reconcile taking time apart, with the many things that still needed to be done.
Is baking a cake a retreat item? Is doing some electrical work a retreat item? Is resting in the afternoon a retreat item?
Each of these was part of my “revised” retreat. Spiritual? Recreational? Physical? All of the above.