I do a lot of traveling and I spend a lot of time on airplanes. It used to be that when I got on an airplane I chit chatted with everyone around me. That’s how it used to be. Most of the time now I treasure my airplane time and I treat it as sacred me time. Recently when I was on an airplane departing Denver I kicked back, closed my eyes and was ready to check out for a bit. As I sat in my seat with my eyes closed the man sitting next to me started talking to me. I didn’t open my eyes at first instead I thought to myself “he can’t be talking to me I’m sitting here with my eyes closed. Surely he knows that means I want to be in my own space right now.” He kept talking to me and eventually I opened my eyes thinking “there goes my sacred time.”
As I started talking to this man I realized the Universe had a better plan for my flight than I did. My new friend and I spent the next two and half hours talking. We talked about business, family, what makes people tick, what it means to be a good leader, how to inspire people and we solved a few of the world problems in our short time together. One topic that we explored together really called to my heart. Somewhere weaved into all our conversation was discussion about how life is supposed to be lived and what the world would be like if everyone set the intention to make a difference every day. The conversation was deep and full of passion as we dreamed about what if’s. What if leaders make a difference by putting people first? What if business was about making a difference in the world rather than just making money? What if everyone did just one thing every day to make a difference?
The flight went so fast and when we landed at our destination we were energized by the conversation. As we were leaving the plane I remembered how I didn’t want to open my eyes when my new friend started talking to me. I was swept up in my own world and I really didn’t want to be bothered. As my new friend and I parted ways, I thanked him for the great conversation and for giving me hope for the world. Then I thanked the Universe for having a better plan than I did and for the divine orchestration that brought us together.
Soon after I got off the airplane, real life started again and I forgot about the conversation. Then to my surprise I got a message from my new friend that said “…to see the desire you have to make a difference caused me to examine how I go about things. So if nothing else, know that you have challenged my thought process on what can be accomplished.”
As I read his words I got a great lesson from the Universe. Making a difference doesn’t have to mean taking on a big project or making big plans, sometimes it’s as simple as opening your eyes and investing in someone right in front of you.
What can you do to make a difference today? Share your thoughts and feelings with our sisterhood. We all learn and grow together when we share.