I’m participating in Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. It’s a really fun exercise- she posts a prompt and invites people to write for 5 minutes and post their unedited words. This week’s prompt is “Fly.”
Next week features one of the busiest travel days of the year.
I don’t mind flying. To me flights are for indulgent reading and work uninterrupted by WiFi, which is to say, the stuff dreams are made of.
Back before I admitted that I’m an introvert, I’d exhaust myself making conversation with my seat mate. Sometimes I still do, and I almost never regret it.
Five years ago, I had been job hunting for 9 months when I sat next to a woman on an airplane, told her my story, and had a job within a week.
I’ve also heard perspectives from people who would never normally cross my path, fascinating people. Whether they served as a glimpse of wisdom or a cautionary tale, I always learn something in these airplane conversations.
I’ve given away copies of my children’s book. Ever since I realized that sometimes God answers prayers on airplanes, I think about whether I’m sitting next to someone by coincidence or not. I wonder if God has something for me to say or hear.
Other times, I avoid eye contact and fire up my Kindle (which I can do during take off now!). For me, planes are possibility and rest, albeit a bit cramped.