Find Your Space


Find Your Space

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I do most of my writing on a plane, at 30,000 feet, flying across the U.S.  It’s the only time I can get 2-3 hours of uninterrupted, quiet time.  I’m at peace up here in the friendly skies and can allow myself to reflect, contemplate, and meditate on my life.  This is my space and we all must find our space, that place we can go to disconnect from life and allow ourselves to think.

The trap of life is to zone out and become task happy and too busy to appreciate it and reflect on what’s working and what’s not.  Have you ever experienced a busy season of life, only to be surprised that the time flew by and you had nothing to show for it?  Are you going through that time right now?  I am.  I’ve never been as busy as I am right now.  I’m away from home, more than ever and I find myself “facetiming” my family to catchup or on a shaky video on my iPhone in a random hotel room, watching my kids participate in various activities.  If I don’t watch myself, my youth and my special moments will leave me behind.  That’s why I force myself into my special space, my little world, at 30,000 feet to reflect and appreciate what I have and to also check myself to make sure I’m on the right path.

There are times when I’m not happy with how my life is going and the choices I’m making, so I make adjustments and get back on track.  There are times that I realize that take things for granted, so I count my blessings and alter my attitude.  It’s a cleansing experience and something I’ve come to cherish.

People often ask if I get tired of flying.  My answer is I look forward to it, because it allows me to get into a mindset that only flying in the clouds allows.  I cherish every moment in my personal space on some random plane, sitting next to a stranger.  It’s “my space” and I’ve created an environment that allows me to be fully human and to take an accounting of my life.

Do you have your space?  If not, here’s what I suggest you look for in your own space: 

  1. It must be a new environment, separate from the norm. It should be a place away from home or your work.  This space needs to be special and not something that you normally spend time in on a regular basis.  Your mindset will change as your environment changes.
  2. It should be peaceful and put you in a reflective mood. The humming and white noise inside the cabin of a plane is relaxing and puts me at ease.  It puts me in the mood to settle in and think about my life.  Your space should do the same.  If you cannot be at peace in your space, it won’t work.
  3. There should be no interruptions. It’s literally impossible for anyone to call, text, or e-mail me when I’m flying.  I don’t have cellular data and I often don’t allow myself access to the Wi-Fi.  I usually get at least one hour of uninterrupted time in the air.  Find a space that separates you from your hectic life and will allow you to think and not be interrupted.
  4. You should look forward to experiencing your space. I enjoy flying because it allows me to unplug.  I don’t mind boarding a plane for a long flight, for I know I will be at peace and in a better mood when I land.  If you don’t look forward to your space, then you need to reconsider your chosen spot.  Find a place that motivates you and inspires you.

Thinking is a skill that we’ve lost in a world of constant connection and interruption.  The danger is that we drift and find ourselves on the wrong path.  Don’t allow yourself to drift. Find your space and start reflecting and making the necessary changes to get your life back on track.  Do you have a special space?

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