Five whole days at our friend’s Morro Bay cottage has gifted us with easy access to beach, sand and sky. Five days with little schedule. Days of discerning together what to do and where to go, listening, reading, playing–it’s what we needed.
We’ve watched a a quarter-century-old DVD, examined our own old blog posts and started this site. I’ve renewed a writing rhythm. All good. Very good.
Yesterday we scaled Valencia Peak at Montana de Oro State Park. Gorgeous views of the bay, waves and rocks expanded the higher we climbed. More than five kinds of wildflowers raised their sweet heads in welcome.
Today I sampled, in the excellent book Visions of Vocation, a chapter on the arts sociology in the digital age. Author Steven Garber persuasively explicates “the tremendous challenge of holding onto one’s humanity in an information-saturated culture” (p. 67).
Our tiny step of resistance: we’ve agreed that three nights a week, after 8:30 PM, we will not gaze on or finger our computers. That will need fortification. Regular trips of this nature – where the point is to relax and restore our selves and our relationship – will strengthen our vacillating holds on our humanity, our marriage and our callings.