I spent the night in an airport a few weeks ago and it was pretty amusing.
I was in New York to meet with a mastermind group I’m a part of and my flight home got grounded due to thunderstorms, but not before they loaded us all on the plane and had us sit on the tarmac for three hours.
The flight that was supposed to leave two hours after us, ended up leaving 14 hours before us—classy, right?
And after 7 hours at the airport, the crowd was going wild.
I sat back and enjoyed the show.
I enjoyed the family of four, who demanded the staff put them on another flight immediately. (Because somehow they needed to get back to California way more desperately than the rest of us.)
I enjoyed the business woman berating her administrative assistant, as though she could do a damn thing about it.
I enjoyed watching the staff smile and nod, as a retired couple from Florida told them how to do their job.
But mostly I enjoyed the company of the passengers who were sitting back and enjoying the show with me.
There were two types of people at gate 32 that night:
Those who were heated and those who were humored.
At any point those who were heated could have simply chosen to be humored—isn’t it always that way?
Most of us believe that we have lots of choice in this life, but when it comes time to actually make a choice, we get stuck in our cycle of stress. I see this time and time again with my clients who let what they are consuming consume them and it causes a lot of stress. They make life harder than it needs to be by pinching their love handles in the mirror and counting calories and skipping out on pool parties.
If you’ve done any of the above, I have an invitation for you.
Leave the heated behind this week and join the ranks of the humored.
You have a choice.