Monday, December 17, 2007

Traveling light

It's the 17th of December, a little over a week until Christmas. If you blink you might miss the rest of 2007. I don't know about you, but I'm full of excited anticipation for what 2008 will bring. I love the journey I'm on! I have a one way ticket to my destination and I'm committed to getting there no matter what the weather.

During this Christmas season, lots of people are traveling to spend the holidays with family. Sadly, some of them are destined to spend Christmas day at Chicago's O'Hare airport, amongst numerous other of our nations airports that might be snowed in. This happens every year. The weather offers no guarantees that your flight will depart (or arrive), and you make connections through Chicago at your peril. I remember meeting my wife at O' Hare airport one year, as we were meant to fly out to New England. She came from Colorado Springs, and I came from one of the numerous places I travel and speak at. We spent the entire day waiting for our flight, only to have it cancel just in time for us to catch the last flight back home to Colorado Springs (It turned out we had met at Chicago for a lunch and dinner date before returning home).

One of the keys to traveling successfully during this season is to travel light. If all you have is carry on baggage, you can switch flights (and sometimes even airlines), to ensure that you don't spend the holidays at the airport instead of at your planned destination. Life is kind of like that too you know! We're on a journey to a destination that passes through many of "life's terminals." How much "baggage" we have will often determine whether we are able to move quickly through each terminal or whether we have to "camp out" a while until the "weather" clears up. I know, I know, I'm speaking in parables. Well, I learned from the best! So, as you're preparing to "pack" for your journey through life in 2008, wondering what to bring from 2007, pack carefully so that you can travel light.