I am not sure what it is about me and flights but a pattern is starting to develop. More often than not while on a flight a situation occurs that leads to a life lesson for me. Recently while flying from Dallas back to Atlanta, it happened again.
Let me set the scene for you. I attended a women’s gathering a few weeks ago with 3 of my girlfriends. It was an amazing time, not just at the conference but connecting with my sister-friends. We literally stayed up till 3am moving back and forth between laughing & crying as we shared and encouraged one another. But like most women, while I had a great time, I knew I needed to get back home to attend to the needs of my family
***Lesson #1: It is critical that we don’t play the “martyr” role. You don’t have to sacrifice time for yourself…or time with friends just because you are a wife & / or mother (or a father/husband for that matter!) But you do need to make sure you prioritize your time wisely.
One of my friends who attended the gathering also lived in Atlanta so we traveled together for the entire trip. We were both anxious to get back home so we got to the airport in plenty of time to catch our flight. Unfortunately, there was no need for us to rush because our plane was delayed. But because I understand that we sometimes have to trust the delay, I took a deep breath and decided to get some work done while we waited.
***Lesson #2: Trust the Delay. Click DEVOTIONAL SNEAK PEAK_Week 50 to read an excerpt from “Live Intentionally. Fully Engage” (another “in- flight” life lesson)
After a while we were able to board the plane and my girlfriend and I settled in for what should have been a pretty uneventful flight. The flight attendants went through the normal spill and the plane began to taxi away from the gate. About 10 minutes later the pilot announced that we had to return to the gate for an unexpected ‘situation’.
We returned to the gate and sat there for another 10 minutes. The pilot never explained what the ‘situation’ was, but luckily for me (or maybe it wasn’t luck…maybe God wanted me to hear what I was about to hear for a reason), the person in front of us just couldn’t stand the suspense. She rang the bell for the stewardess and asked her what was going on. The stewardess’s response was eye-opening for me.
***Lesson #3: Not really sure this should be included, but I just couldn’t resist. It’s important to be surrounded by some nosey people who are willing to ask the questions you aren’t. Again…not really a life lesson but I was so glad she was nosey enough to get the information we all wanted to know!
The stewardess shared that there was a passenger on the plane that was being disruptive, would not follow the rules/regulations set by the airline, and was creating unsafe chaos for both the employees and the people sitting around him. She went on to say that they had to make an executive decision to return to the gate and escort him off of the plane because they could not risk getting off the ground and him creating a distraction that would put everyone else in serious danger.
Do I even have to share with you the 4th lesson? I am sure that you got it…but just in case, let me give it to you!
***Lesson #4: You are destined to SOAR! God has amazing plans for your life. But you MUST be careful about who is riding with you! You do not want to “take-off” to higher heights towards your purpose and find that someone connected to you is “creating a distraction” that is putting you and everyone else in danger!
Can I elaborate a little more on this? What is amazing to me, is because my friend and I were towards the middle of the plane, we had no idea this disruption was taking place! It was truly reassuring to know that the flight crew was on top of it! They were looking out for us and handled an issue without us even having to deal with it!
*** Lesson #5: Make sure you have people in your life that have committed to looking out for you! Surround yourself with people who aren’t afraid to make some executive decisions on your behalf. Whether it be through prayer (I have a team of people who have committed to standing in the gap for me and my family during this season of our life), or through delegating tasks, you need a team that can have your back!
Again, I am not sure why I keep getting this “in-flight” life lessons, but I’ll keep listening…and sharing!
Let me hear from you! Which of these lessons resonates the most with you? What is one action step that you can take today from one of these lessons?
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