I’m not a pilot, but I am a frequent flyer and every time I land, I’m not certain how the jet is going to be set down. Some seem to drop quickly and hit the ground with bumps and knocks, finally coming to a quick stop that requires a little holding on. Others come in almost floating and the wheels hit the ground softly, more like a butterfly landing gently on a flower than the massive machine it is going from 500 miles per hour to zero in a few seconds.
I’m sure there are many factors to how the landings go, but I do know I feel a sense of awe when it’s the calm and floaty kind.
For most people, the holiday break, usually at least a week or so, is a welcome respite from the daily grind and the perfect opportunity to spend lots of time with family and friends.
Sounds wonderful, yes?
Let me start this by noting that I realize at this point in my life and career, I’m lucky to be able to have some freedoms and control of my schedule that many do not. However, with that in mind, I believe there are things here that can fit into nearly every life and schedule, and that have lasting benefits.
A few nights ago, I had a call with a friend who told me her day was “really jacked up” and went on to list an unreasonable list of misfortunes, which left her feeling overwhelmed and unable to even think.
Sound familiar? Some of us may say, “every damn day…”
I’ve had multiple phases of my life and they all went better when I had a routine for good mornings; I think I learned this from my mom’s example. In fact, I was with her last weekend and asked her about her mornings, and she (who spends a good deal of time with my dad who is mostly bed-ridden) significantly said, “Well, I have a morning routine. I just have to do that.”
She’s 83, so I pay attention.