I walked through the concourse, down to the very end of the terminal, catching a glimpse of the plane I was to board outside through the window. Tiny. Puddle jumper. Just great…I moaned to myself. You see, I am a terrible flyer. Motion sickness would be an understatement. I will not actually vomit, as I’m also rather “vomit phobic.” The mess really does not fit into my standards of cleanliness and OCD. But, I do become awfully ill at at unwanted movement. In fact, I’ve made myself ill in the driver’s seat before – strange, I know.
I envisioned a sweaty brow, clenched fists, and a queasy stomach at takeoff, lasting throughout the entire flight, only to be worsened by the inexorable stench of stale air and poor coffee – and then a bumpy landing. NOT today. “Today is a a really important day. I can’t lose it. I have to feel great and look great!”
After noting my trepidations to a friend via text, just a few moments later he responded, “It will be great. Small planes weigh less so they stay up in the air easier. See, always a positive side.”
Oh, this made me smile – even laugh a bit.
And, as it was, the plane ride (to and from on this trip) was a breeze.
As I settled into the departure, feeling confident that THIS WAS GOING TO BE A SMOOTH FLIGHT, my row-mate (I suppose that would be the term for the man sitting in the seat directly beside me) began to chat a bit. He was flying for business – living in one city and working for three weeks at a time in another. Oh brother. I know others who play that game. It’s certainly not for me.
We talked about the reason for my flight. A job interview. Oh congratulations. Wait, you already have a job and you’re interviewing for another. Why, that’s an embarrassment of riches!
This man was so utterly correct. I have an embarrassment of riches in my life. Not only did I survive a fantastic day trip, with the opportunity to reconnect with a dear friend after 14 years, I am so richly blessed and favored each and every day. We all are! Look around. Smell the flowers – savor the colors – listen to the air (yes, listen to the fresh air). Enjoy life. Be grateful. Live Life.