By Alan Willett, February 06, 2018
This past weekend I flew to Miami, Florida from New York State. My flight was delayed and thus I missed a connection, which delayed me further. The delays added up to being in the air during the American sensation of football’s Super Bowl.
Instead of being frustrated, I took those momentary pauses to reflect on five modern miracles.
- While waiting in the Philadelphia airport, the gentlemen at the restaurant made me a hand-made pizza that was quite delicious in less than 15 minutes.
- The pizza was made with many spices that came from various places around the world.
- In less than 11 hours, in spite of numerous delays, I traveled 1,382.5 miles. I flew from a temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
- I was higher above the earth then the peak of Mount Everest. I was nice and warm and had plenty of oxygen.
- I was fully connected with the world via the inflight internet. I was able to track the Super Bowl whilst exchanging text messages with my family.
I once asked my Mom, whose was born in 1922, her favorite invention. We discussed many of our daily miracles. She said her favorite was one that I had taken completely as a “given.” Her favorite was indoor toilets. She remembered clearly as a young girl having to navigate blowing snow through the darkness to the very cold outhouse.
I encourage you all to take a moment to enjoy your miracles -- and to think of the exceptional leadership that made them possible.
Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,