Twelve months, 365 days, countless experiences and lives touched. We can flip the page on our calendars, revealing the end of this year.
Next week, we begin again. Counting the days, but more importantly, making the days count.
As I recounted my experiences of this year, I remember what I have and what (and who) is important. I will continue to add to my Vision Board, my Gratitude Journal, and my online presence through this blog. The gifts of friendship, time, and memory fill my heart.
Build the buildings, friendships, and memories. Cheers to another trip around the sun!
Do you remember where you were December 21, 1977, when The Deep, the Thriller/Action movie about the undersea adventure of a couple splashed into theaters? I was sitting next to the “man of my dreams” from my high school, Mark Schnitzer. Yes, that was our first official date. We sat together, him watching the movie, me with my face buried in his arms. Good planning on his part! 😉
NOTE: Star Wars launched that year too, but that’s another blog entry.
Well, today marks forty years since then and we’re still cuddling in movies.
Travel teaches us patience, humility, and humor-boosting powers. I feel that I got an extra lesson yesterday. After an underground fire in Atlanta (Delta’s hub) causes thousands of flights to be canceled, including ours home, Delta Airlines put us on three flights, each about 15 minutes apart and an hour in duration. At first, I was irritated. The lovely clerk at JFK waived the $25 baggage fee when I voiced my irk. (I take poetic license to make this verb into a noun.) It certainly wasn’t our fault!
After a careful thought, I came to realize how much it took to reroute all the passengers and bags, how thankful I am to be safely home, and how creative and dedicated the Delta teams are to getting passengers to their final destinations.
So what I learned is enjoy the proverbial travel bumps in the road/air. Breathe deeply, laugh often and just enjoy the way-over-priced Southwest Chicken Salad at the airport.