Hurry Up and Wait


I rushed to the airport so I would have ample time before my flight home.  With time to spare I slowly sauntered to my gate.  The flight boarded a little late and here I sit, now an hour and a half behind schedule for takeoff.  New announcement:  Flight delayed another 2 hours so please deplane.   It is official:  I have another opportunity to practice patience and in this complex world, sooner or later we become experts!  

With plenty of time to ponder what I wanted to do while I waited, I was pleased with my ability to go with the flow.  Years back I would have gotten quite frustrated and agitated.  Okay, I was still a bit put off, but for the most part I was able to relax and get some work done.

Stressful situations seem to lurk around every corner and we get to choose how we want to respond.  Time is going by whatever we are doing and even though the plane was not moving, the clock was.  So , in my hurry to be there on time, the results were not up to me. 

My lesson today is:  My need to make sure I had more time than needed caused me some stress and what did I gain?  Another few minutes of waiting and a good blog topic!

Let me know in the comments below how you deal with traveling? Are you able to take things as they go, or does frustration take over?

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Airplane Comfort Made Easy

Airline seats can be quite uncomfortable and the the lumbar support is designed for an average body.  Since our bodies are all different, long trips can leave us with lower back discomfort.

Making your seat more comfortable can go a long way in helping avoid unnecessary pain.

Airlines used to offer blankets which made great low back props.  I would recommend bringing a small towel or soft garden pad on the plane just to make sure you have something to use.

Try this:

  • Fold the blanket so the edge is on the seat, so it supports and lifts your sacrum.  Your sacrum is the flat bone that is located right above where your tailbone begins.  It is the lowest part of your spine right above your bottom.
  • When your sacrum lengthens upward it elongates the entire spine and takes a lot of stress off of your lower back.

Let me know in the comments below how this worked, or if you have any questions. 

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