Travel has taught me so many valuable lessons and experience.
I am going to cover just two of them.
2. Uncertainties of life
Delays happened during many of my flights on multiple occasions.
My friend, how frequently have you experienced flight delays or for that matter delays happening when you travel… whatever may be the mode of your transport?
My experience of delay ranged from 1 hour to almost 10 hours and on just one occasion, cancellation of the flight.
Yes. This stuff happens in travel.
Reasons can be anything
- bad weather,
- equipment fault,
- short-staffed airlines,
- software glitches,
- delayed arrival of flights that connect your flight,
- certain booking issues, and these days
- Covid protocols…
It’s almost a nightmare!
Chances are that you may miss the connecting flights.
The post-pandemic vacation may include cancellations!!
Whatever may be the reason, I am sure you get frustrated
Your plans can go haywire!
If the delay is for long hours, you become confused about whether to go back to the hotel or stay in the airport.
Nobody including the ground staff is any help.
You are angry and disturbed a lot.
You can hear screaming even fighting all around.
You are almost getting mad!
What is the best you can do?
Getting angry only raises your Blood Pressure.
Shouting at airline staff make both of you taste bitterness, spoiling the atmosphere.
What did this experience teach me?
I started practising the ‘art of patience’.
- Stay calm
- Stay close to the announcement area
- Take a deep breath, read a book, roam around the airport, watch people and their moods, enjoy the fun, stay positive
- Always try to carry minimum luggage so that it’s easy to stroll around
Don’t forget to pack your ‘patience’ along with your other baggage.
Patience is a virtue.
“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting ” unknown
2. Uncertainty of our lives
The image above is one of the hill stations of the Himalayas, I visited in Northern India.
Just two days before, on the road we travelled, there was a landslide.
Fortunately, there was no loss of life, but extensive damage occurred to the nearby buildings.
When I was travelling on this road, I was just imagining myself in that position, how devastating the landslide was and how people could get trapped unaware and how desperate are the survivors for help.
The entire thing can end in a few seconds!
What did this teach me?
Life is so fragile.
One single moment can shatter a person, a family or entire population.
But yet we are proud of ourselves. We think no end of ourselves.
My friend, don’t you remember pride is considered one of the 7 deadly sins?
We are becoming over confidant and arrogant.
Instead why can’t we lead our lives with dignity?
“Human life is fragile: we live in the space between one breath and the next. We often try to maintain an illusion of permanence, through what we do, say… how we enjoy ourselves… Yet it is an illusion that is constantly being undermined by change and death” Victoria Finlay
How do we look when compared to the universe?
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
My friend we are a dust particle in this universe.
We are nobody!
So my friends, let us lead a humble life respecting the all powerful Mother Nature and let us shun our arrogance with a compassionate life.
Thank you for your visit.
Take care, my friend.
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