It’s hard to stay in the awareness that each moment that we have is a complete miracle. A total, 100% miracle. That we can breathe and move and be on the plant, now, together.
I talked to my seat mate last night on the flight from Grand Rapids to Newark. Alex. He had been a self-directed thinker his whole life, moving through jobs, family, lay offs and always coming out on top. He almost won shyest person award in high school, but the student who mostly spoke Korean beat him, which he said wasn’t really fair!
But he was reaping the rewards now of his natural MKE mindset, having been recently recruited from New Jersey to Michigan by an IT company. He had gotten an apartment and was working for 3 weeks out there already. This flight home was to get his wife and drive their car with few belongings out to a new life. They had sold nearly all their large items on Facebook Marketplace, he even solid his two classic cars which he had really put his heart into, but he was willing to replace all of that for the opportunity that had presented itself, exactly two weeks prior to his youngest son leaving for college. Even a few months prior had this perfect job appeared, he would not have been able to take action. But his window opened and he went in.
Alex talked happily about being laid off once right before his first son was born, and then he was able to stay home with him, which he said was the hardest job in the world. After their second child, he told his wife that was all he could handle. At that point he had started a home health care business with his brother-in-law, which was moderately successful for 3 years, but again, it came time to move on and he recounted later that he thinks he had had the home health experience so that he could then identify and help his own dad with Alzheimer’s a few years later. Always finding the reason, even if it wasn’t clear at first, and not being afraid to take risks and fail.
Eloquently describing his life events, Alex had a beautiful way to tell the self-directed thinking story, without even being aware that it was what he was doing.
Some moments it’s more obvious than others that people are placed before you as teachers, shining the light forward. So thankful Alex and I had the two hours to connect and become friends. I look forward to meeting his wife Velma someday too.
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