This person — easily one of the happiest people I’d ever met — described life as:
These were not the slogans of my youth!
So what was my reaction to hearing these somewhat “negative” words? I felt a palpable sense of relief and happiness.
In some ways, these words were the opposite of the television ads I had seen all my life, which somehow seemed to insist that every experience is a peak moment. “Ah, what a great garbage bag I chose. I’m dancing on air!”
To admit that life changes, that it is not entirely substantial, and that it can sometimes be frustrating did not feel negative to me. It felt like a description of life as I experienced it.
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I suppose that may be why, as a child, I felt the same sense of relief when I read the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. There was a sly undercurrent of humor, of acceptance, of perspective. Some days you get gum in your hair.
What does this all have to do with business travel? If you’ve ever experienced it, you already know.
And because life is transitory, the experience of traveling for business can change … for the better.
After all, peace is every step.
The Mindful Business Traveler