THE AIRPORT EXPERIENCE

 

 

The blessings I received from spending thirteen hours at the airport on a beautiful Saturday continues:

My first blessing would be to meet a young soldier just returning from Iraq. His name is Miller. As we talked and shared he asked me if I played cards. I told him yes and began looking for a place where we could sit and play.  He did not want to play; he wanted to gift me with a deck of playing cards he had brought back from Iraq. The deck has the faces of 52 men they were and are searching for (some have been captured). It is truly a treasured keepsake.

My first stop in the Atrium area I met a couple from Oakland who had recently moved to Atlanta. They were a delightful couple and they made me laugh with some of their stories.

As I sat outside getting some fresh air I met several men who had just completed Boot Camp at Ft. Benning Georgia. One of them was a forty year old who was so proud of himself for enlisting and completing boot camp at age 40! He shared a statement with me that I will always remember whenever I think about our soldiers who go off to fight war. He said “Soldiers give up all their rights to protect the rights of others!” That is deep!!!

I sat in the Atrium area and decided to lay my head down and get some rest.  I was able to sleep briefly on a chair, curled up and cozy. Then came the biggest gift I could ever receive…..

The second story of the Atrium was filled with lines of soldiers waiting to be processed as they had just returned from Iraq. As they completed this process they were escorted downstairs and led by someone announcing them. I was excited to be a part of the first American crowd to salute them by giving them a standing ovation for their heroic actions!!

I am thankful I was delayed!!! Thirteen hours of pure bliss!!!

VALUING THE JOURNEY

July 2012 travels 190

 August 4th

 

Recently I had a most awesome and amazing opportunity to truly value the delays along my journey in life. I was flying standby into Los Angeles from Atlanta, on what happened to be the busiest day at Hartsfield Jackson Airport.

On the first flight out which is the preferred flight when traveling standby, the gate attendants did not call one single person that was on the standby list. We were instructed to go to the Customer Service counter and list ourselves on the next flight or a future flight. In summary I spent more than twelve hours on a wonderful Saturday at the Atlanta airport.

At the Customer Service counter I was asked if I just wanted to wait until the next day because all the flights were oversold for that day and it looked doubtful that I would be able to get on any of the remaining flights. I laughed and replied, “No, because my son dropped me off and he is taking his children camping for the weekend fifty miles away. He has my only other set of house keys and I did not bring my set. I have no way of getting back into my house!”  I smiled the entire time during this conversation. And to think my luggage was already en route. The agent was mystified that I was so undisturbed by the news.

I met so many wonderful and incredible individuals while spending the day at the airport. I fully participated in the whole airport scenario.  The thirteen hours was filled with delightful people and wonderful experiences. I would have never scheduled myself a day at the airport but I was truly blessed by the experience. I relaxed and embraced this entire episode of my life. I went with the flow of what was actually happening in my life and did not moan or wish it was something other than what it was.

It is not possible summarize these thirteen hours of amazing miracles in one day, although I have attempted to do so.  The story continues on tomorrow.

Enjoy wherever you are today fully and completely. Value Your Journey!!!

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