We had been planning this trip for months. I was going to be away from home for 10 days. That’s a very long time.
Then, at the last minute, our youngest son got his first job. For it, he’s relocating to Colorado. That’s a long way from Ohio, Eighteen hours by car or a three hour flight. Two time zones away. It’s enough to make any parent’s heart heavy. His mom and he determined that they would go to Denver the day before I left for my trip.
It was a quick decision for me to bump my schedule up a day and spend another day on the road versus being at home alone. The other good news was that I could ride with Connie and Colin (C & C) to the airport. I would just sleep during the airplane ride.
This meant spending 11 days on the road. Coming from someone that doesn’t travel much, that seemed like a lot. Not to be deterred, I went forward with the new plan.
This meant more than just one more night on the road. It meant…
- paying for another night’s stay at the hotel (and not a cheap one)
- paying the additional cost of the airfare (luckily, it wasn’t terrible)
- getting on a flight at 5:00 AM versus 8:00 PM. This allowed me to ride with Connie and Colin to the airport – not a bad thing. 😉
All that to say, this wasn’t a trivial decision. But, I made it.
The alarm clock went off at 2:30 AM. The morning finally came and we were all off to the airport. Life is good, right? Actually, it all went well. We parked and got through security without any issues.
C & C got on their flight and I went to get coffee. After I had been caffeinated I went to get in the corral for boarding. Once loaded in my “shute”, someone came up on my right. My weak side. He said, “boy, they’ll let anybody on this flight”. I turned at least 90 degrees and looked at him. I didn’t know who he was. I said, “excuse me?”. He said something else that I either didn’t understand or didn’t listen to.
Then it hit me, “Kyle!”. “How are you?” “It’s been so long.”
It was a former client of mine that I hadn’t seen in at least six years. But he was more than that. He’s the first one that encouraged me to write a book. He was one of the first to believe my story needed to be told. He was one of the first to believe in me. He’s the reason I do what do.
We exchanged some pleasantries and vowed to sit next to each other on the flight. Sure enough, he kept his promise. That was the shortest 90-minute flight. We talked the entire way.
It was one of the best business conversations that I’ve had in a long time. Because it wasn’t all about business. At one point, he said, “you didn’t think you were going to sleep on this flight, did you?”.
Me? Of course, not.
There were too many occurrences to ignore.
- General boarding allowed us to set next to each other
- Our proximity to each other in line, made our seating and initial meeting possible
- My desire to not be at my house caused to book the same flight on the same day
- He’s looking for someone to help his organization – that could be me
- The need to get there early was the reason for my getting up early 24 hours earlier for pre-boarding – B14
I’ve been asked many times, what has God done in your life recently. That’s been a hard question for me to answer. I finally have something I can point to with the full understanding that He had guided this conversation. There is no coincidence in this.
Are there signs that you might be missing?
But wait, there’s more.
Seeing that I had my hands full with the cane, coffee and baggage – Kevin (that’s his real name) took my bag and walked with me to my RideShare line. We said our goodbyes and promised to talk again.
I hit the RideShare app and was given a driver. His name?
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