At the wide-eyed age of twenty, well before the Internet and armed with only a telephone book and rotary phone, I purchased my first airline ticket to fly across the country to begin interviewing for jobs after college.
Never having bought a plane ticket, I wrote down everything I thought I could possibly say or be asked. Just when I thought I had it all under control, the young lady on the other end of the line asked me the one question I had never thought of. “How would I like to fly?”
“I’m sorry.” I replied. “I’m not sure what you mean.”
“Would you like to fly first class or coach?” She clarified.
“Oh! I didn’t even know I had a choice. What’s the difference?” I asked.
As she explained the seating options and the price difference for each class, the decision was quite easy for a young college student on a budget. I chose coach.
As I hung up the phone, pleased with my first ticket buying experience, I couldn’t help but notice that there was a greater unanswered how. That “Greater How” was the manner, quality, state or way I could choose to be and experience myself as I traveled.
Considering the “Greater How,” I opened my journal and wrote at the top of the page, “How would I like to travel?” Within seconds, I wrote down the words effortlessly and joyfully, then comfortably and playfully. Gratitude, appreciation and enthusiasm soon followed, along with wonder and curiosity. Last but not least, I wrote safely.
On the day of my flight, with my “Greater How” asked and answered, I packed a few of my favorite snacks, a good book, a neck pillow, sleep mask and a couple compilations tapes for my cassette player. Settling into my window seat, I knew I was flying in a class all my own.
How would you like to travel through your life? How would you like to experience yourself as you go about your life? Could you consider the possibility that you can choose how you wish to experience life?
Copyright 2009 Rob Gruber
Present Life Mastery Coach