Yesterday I spent ten hours in the Denver Airport, hoping to outsmart a storm in the midwest and get to Nebraska for my father-in-law’s funeral.
Airports are interesting, especially on days when many people are being disappointed and re-routed. Patience wears thin. Nerves fray. Colors show. The airport is a spin of people and voices and conversations, and after a few hours, I began shamelessly eavesdropping. Let me let you in on some things that I heard:
- One woman called her husband to tell him her flight had been delayed and that she missed him. She told him exactly when and where to pick him up when she returned home. Her voice was warm and sweet; their conversation was intimate.
- Next, she called the person she was on her way to see. Her voice was friendly, but distant. ”Looks like I’ll get there around 10:00 tonight,” she said. Long pause. ”Oh, no – don’t bother picking me up. I’ll just take a cab.”
- A man paced through the seating area in our terminal, connected to his blue tooth, trying desperately to work out a botched business deal. He tried to stay calm, but the panic in his voice was undeniable. I wondered how much might be riding on that deal.
- A family raced to the gate, having sped through security in a record 12 minutes, fearing they would miss their connection, only to find it had been cancelled. Rather than being angry or frustrated, they shared laughter and warm camaraderie. They were together and that was all that really mattered.
- Seven people nearly missed the last call for their flight to London. They weren’t on a late connection, they just spent too much time soaking up their very last minutes in our very beautiful country.
Many people, many words, many emotions all swirled together yesterday to remind me of this one, prevailing truth: relationships are everything. In business, in love, in life, the success we experience revolves mostly around the quality of our connectedness to the people God puts in our worlds.
I’m in Nebraska, watching this principle play out as we celebrate the life of a man who put relationships with first. It’s beautiful.
Thank you for all you’ve done to help launch this little book in a big, big way! We are so excited about the response – blown away, really, and beyond grateful. I’ll tell you more about that next week.
Finally, we have CUPCAKE winners! And they are…Tori’s Mom (who loves chocolate and coconut!) and Meaghan (who can’t get enough of Toffee Crunch). If each of you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address, Georgetown Cupcakes gift cards will be on their way to you ASAP! Sorry it took so long to announce this – last week was deep water.
Thank you so much for your love, patience, prayers and such kind thoughts on the homegoing of Steve’s beloved dad. We are so grateful.