This morning, I arrived at the airport at 7:50 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. flight. I was relaxed and had plenty of time. The Skycap curb check gentleman weighed my bag and it was a couple of pounds over, so I grabbed a few things to move to my carry on while he was checking me in. He came out and said, “Ma’am, I can’t check you in for your flight. It was a 7:20 a.m. flight and it’s almost 8.” Uhm… wait what? Hmm. Turns out the 9:00 a.m. flight was my connection in Denver. Oops.
Normally, the whole situation – bag being overweight, finding out I missed my flight – would put me in a very tense, frustrated mood. Today, I just kind of giggled. I felt a little dumb but hey it was fixable. The lady at the counter found a new set of flights to get me on and I will be there later this afternoon. It wasn’t the way I was planning on things happening but hey they worked out.
In many situations, our emotions and expectations cause us to react to or handle a situation in the wrong way. So often, I have felt control of a situation slip out of my grip and not understood why things were happening and lost control of my emotions. In the end, all that does is make things worse and teaches me a lesson .
I am re-reading Love Does by Bob Goff and I think it is having a definite impact on my perspective. I hope to continue to frame my mindset like Mr. Goff does. He looks at life as a constant sense of adventure and chance to learn and grow. Ironically, when I took my seat on the plane, this book helped me again. I had the book sitting on my lap and the gentleman sitting next to me pointed out the book and commented on how great it is. This spurred a great conversation with a guy who ended up being a youth pastor. He had been in Salt Lake City with the board of a youth conference he was a part of. He is a youth pastor for a Seventh Day Adventist church in Fallbrook, California. The flight flew by as we talked about Goff’s perspective on life, God and shared some great experiences. He went on to tell me about his new wife of just over a year and showed me the ultrasound of their baby boy who is expected to arrive in late March. Our conversation was one of the most genuine and impactful conversationsI’ve had in a while. He told me about the struggles he and his new wife had in the beginning of learning to adjust to married life and how much unconditional love, learning to adjust to each other’s views, accepting each other where they are and prayer played into it. I definitely think God put me on that flight, next to that gentleman for a reason. He unintentionally taught me a great deal. I’m thankful for that experience.
I also realized I have on a very fitting rustic cuff today. It’s a gold quote cuff and it says, “wherever you are, be all there.” So that’s what I’m learning to do. It’s crazy how your outlook on a situation greatly influences how it plays out.
I think this is part of the lesson God is teaching me right now. To realize things won’t always happen according to my plan because I am not control. The more I relax and embrace the moment and go with the flow and trust in Him, the happier I will be and the more I will get out of life. I may not always understand where God is taking me but if I put my trust in Him, I will end up where I need to be,even if that isn’t where I wanted to be.
My takeaways for this season of my life: Relax, let God, embrace grace (with myself and others), love everyone, be thankful, be positive, be present and keep learning and growing.