Sometimes life can be like a quick turn-around flight.
On Thursday I flew out to Boston for a meeting with some of my companies executives. It was an interesting experience for me as our parent company’s CEO was present along with the CEO of one of our subsidiaries. Then of course their executive team was present also. The meeting went well, but that’s not what I want to talk about.
This trip was a quick turn-around; fly out on Thursday evening, fly back on Friday afternoon. If you have ever flown you might understand that these quick turn-around trips are usually more exhausting than week long trips. I’m not sure why, but for me flying is a stressful experience. Each airport has its own rules for what they allow in a carry-on. Where am I going to eat? What time do I need to arrive at the airport? My flight is delayed, what do I do for the next 2 hours? What time does my flight arrive? Is there a hotel shuttle or do I have to grab an Uber? On and on and on.
And then as soon as you get settled in your room, it is time to pack up go to a meeting get back to the airport and go through all the mental hurdles again.
It is a whirlwind.
Life can feel like this sometimes. So much going on that we feel that we are caught in a tornado. When will the hectic schedule stop? When will I be able to relax and breath? When will all the drama end?
Just like at the airport, sometimes it is necessary to find a quiet spot and hide. I don’t mean run and hide I simply mean to get away for a few moments and get out of the tornado winds. Seek quiet relief and collect your thoughts. Gain perspective and try for a moment to see things objectively.
When the winds of life are thrashing we must seek out the solace of our minds in which we can allow, if only for a moment, ourselves to exhale. After all, fighting the winds only wears you out and eventually might sweep you up.
Find your happy place and take a break.