We had lunch yesterday to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday.

It was lovely to spend some quality time with the extended family. They are wonderful people and everyone laughed a lot.

The food was excellent, especially the dessert.

And the venue was nice, with very friendly service.

All up, it was a terrific Sunday lunch.

But, how much was it?

If you have a great experience and a great meal with great friends, does it really matter?

If we focus on the cost, it takes away some of the joy.

It moves from being an experience to a transaction.

Instead of shaking hands and hugging when we leave, we look down at the bill as we walk to the car and wonder who ordered the extra garlic bread.

Lunch cost what it cost.

The rest came for free.

And that was the most important part.