Today's post comes from 30,000 feet in the air, on my flight home from Dallas, TX. Our takeoff this evening was delayed on the runway, because we had to wait for a couple other planes before we could take off. I could feel myself start to drift to a feeling of annoyance, until I heard the conversation going on behind me.
As we waited the extra 20 minutes for takeoff, a little boy behind me said, “Dad! What's taking us so long?!”
This wise father responded differently than I expected, and I found myself listening in on the rest of their conversation. “Son” he said, “There are other planes that need to takeoff. We are waiting for our turn. This life is all about learning to wait in line.”
He then continued, “Learning to wait is really important in this life, because it gives us an opportunity to pause, think and reflect. What are you thinking about right now buddy?”
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They then continued to have a lovely conversation, but I found myself repeating his words over and over in my mind.
This life is all about learning to wait in line.
A huge part of my healing process has been learning this lesson. When I was at the height of my illness, I was living a normal quick-paced life, and it was literally killing me.
Several times, when my symptoms seemed to be overcoming me, the phrase that would enter my heart was, “Be Still and Know That I am God.”
I have received a lot of miracles since that time 6 months ago, and it has all come from learning to be still.
I have since learned,
- Developing mental strength and a positive attitude takes practice, and occurs in moments of stillness.
- Developing a grateful heart and an ability to notice the small beauties in life occurs in moments of stillness.
- Recognizing our own emotions and stressors, and learning to breathe deeply, happens in moments of stillness.
- Forgiving others and feeling love and kindness for other human beings occur in moments of stillness.
- And lastly, taking care of the human body and healing from sickness and illness, requires a slower pace and many more, moments of stillness.
Although many would see my diagnosis as something negative, it has been one of the greatest things to happen to me because it has taught me how to really live, and I have witnessed many powerful and profound moments because of it.
So the next time you find yourself having to “wait in line,” you might take delight and excitement in any of the following opportunities:
- Is my soul holding any grudges right now? Is there someone I can forgive?
- Am I currently stressed about anything? Could I benefit from some deep breaths?
- Is this a moment to LOOK around? What can I find around me that is truly beautiful? What am I grateful for today?
- Is there someone I can lift? Someone (even a stranger) in my immediate surroundings who could use some extra joy today?
- Have I connected with a higher power today? What is my higher purpose beyond the errands that I am running? This might be a good moment for looking up a scripture or positive quote…
- Is this a good time to connect with one of my children? To truly listen? Get deeper insight into their lives?
- Have I set an affirmation for today? What do I want today to be? Do I need to make any changes?
As our flight continued, I was impressed with this father's dedication to turn our “moment of waiting” into a moment of bonding with his son. He kept the conversation going and they talked about everything his son was interested in talking about. You could tell this father was truly interested in what his son was saying, and that he was taking this moment to teach him whatever he could.
I then looked out my window and got caught up in the beauty of the clouds, and the beauty of this moment. My heart was filled with gratitude; I got to be on THIS flight, with THESE clouds, and with THESE people behind me that had no knowledge of the lesson they were teaching me. I think a lot of us count down the minutes for our flight to be over, forgetting about the miracle that we are FLYING IN THE SKY!
It wasn't even two minutes later when I then heard this father say, “Son! Look out the window! Look at these incredible clouds.”
I smiled joyfully, snapped a quick picture and kept watching from my window. Waiting in line isn't so bad after all.