‘Day Trippin’… Today was one of those days for me. Up at 4:00 a.m., flight to Houston, meetings, flight to Dallas, hour drive, home by 8:00 p.m. Yet, it beats staying overnight and being away from the Mrs. and it provides a bit of entertainment along the way.
Sure, I could drive to Houston, and have many times. But, the older I get, the more I realize how important that time in the evening is with my best friend. Even if we’re just enjoying a DVR’d show, we’re still, together.
Today brought great weather and an event-free trip to help customers get onboarded with their new contracts. Houston is always hospitable and, after so many years of going there, I know all the best routes.
One of things I love best about travel is taking a few photos along the way. One of the things I dislike the most, is the in-your-face reality of travel with every type of person you can imagine. Between the people who feel the airport is made for them, the people who are lost in their own imagination with headphones on, the people who think they’re comedians and everyone should listen, the people who forget to use deodorant, the young parents who let their kids run all over the place, and the occasional friendly people who are genuinely kind, you come back with a new perspective of humanity.
This photo below touched me on the way out of the airport of an older sister looking after her younger sister to be sure she caught up with mom & dad without getting lost. The younger sister was so happy and full of joy that it just made me smile.
It’s easy to get isolated in the world today. Going to-and-from our work (or in my case working from home), keeping communication to just those closest to us, and the cultural norm today of not talking to strangers, keeps us all separate while, at the same time, we’re together.
‘Day Trippin’ allows one to see humanity at its worst and best. But, that’s us. That’s who we are. Learning to love beyond the social standards, the cultural differences, when people act ugly because they were inconvenienced, and to smile when most people around you are frowning, helps us mature in love for others.
Love is the key word for today. Standing in line this morning, I looked across the hoard of people and felt a sudden sense of compassion. I felt Jesus speaking to my heart saying, ‘this is how I felt when I was with you on Earth. When I saw people, I saw needs, hurts, and their hearts. I felt… love… “. My heart was struck to the core because, over the years, I’ve allowed some of those barriers to be belt protecting me from others and hurts.
So, today, I’m thankful for my ‘Day Trippin’, not because it was a successful business day (that’s always good), but because, at a single moment in time today while standing in line, the Lord opened my eyes to how He felt, and feels, about us. He feels love… That’s it. Just, love…
Wishing you a great week my friends and love in your future…