The Art of Making Connections: 4 Lessons from a 5-Hour Plane Ride

airplane row

It was just past 2pm on a Tuesday in late summer, and the crowd walking onto the Southwest flight from Baltimore to LAX was a mix of majorly White-American families and middle-aged singles. I had forgotten to check-in for my flight 24 hours prior, as recommended, so my C-36 position self had the high-esteemed luxury of taking my pick of the remaining middle seats that no one ever wants on the mostly full plane.

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“Perfect is just another way of saying ‘not finished.'”

That’s what my cousin said to me last night as she was giving me a dose of tough love when I told her I was drained and decided to bow out of completing an application for a fellowship program which was due today at noon and was an AMAZING opportunity.

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It’s time to date yourself

Okay, I swear I’m not getting Bishop T.D. Jakes obsessed but this guy has some important wisdom to share and I’m so glad he’s sharing it! Especially with one of my top role models, Oprah. If you haven’t already, please watch this video to boost your life!

Original video on Oprah’s website

I totally love this idea of dating yourself. As I’m on this self-exploratory journey at the moment, to find out what is really important to me and what kind of impact I want to have on the world – dating myself is vital.

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Happy Maps & Happy Lives – Where is your path taking you?

This lovely Ted Talk is by Daniele Quercia, a Map researcher at Yahoo! Labs in Barcelona, and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it when Ted Conferences shared it a couple of weeks ago. The topic was very thought provoking.

I love Quercia’s idea of finding the most enjoyable path to your destination rather than simply following the fastest route possible. What he says is true. We do live in a world “fabricated for efficiency” rather than for joy. And for good reason! We are always hustling and bustling from one thing to the next and rarely even take the time to stop and breathe!

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