Friday evening. 6:20 p.m. I’m sitting in an airport in Sioux Falls, SD. Just found out a couple of minutes ago that my 6:47 flight to Chicago is now going to take off at 7:29. It will now arrive at 9:07.
My flight from Chicago to Atlanta is at 9:12. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for the other passengers on that flight!) that flight is not delayed.
I’m going to miss it.
The next flight out of Chicago that isn’t over-booked tomorrow is at 1:20. Saturday afternoon!!! There goes the weekend…
I have a 1:00 meeting scheduled for tomorrow with a friend to help him with a big decision he needs to make. Not going to make that either.
So I called him and told him that we would need to reschedule. He totally understood, then started telling me how sorry he was that I’d be stuck in Chicago.
“Bill, if that’s the worst thing that happens to me this month, I’ve got a blessed life.”
“Robert, you need to do a blogpost on that.”
So I am.
We’ve got to learn to keep things in perspective. I have no control that my flight is late. United will put me up in a hotel in Chicago. I won’t be sleeping outside in the cold. I have a loving wife waiting for me when I get home. I’m tired, but so what. Many people in this world are facing much tougher circumstances.
While watching TV here at the gate, I saw on CNN some soldiers being kicked by their captors with their hands tied behind their backs. It turned my stomach. And my plane is late…
I’m blessed… And so are you.
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
Put it in perspective
Allen Klein said,
“A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.”
Have a good day…