Archive for August, 2016

Stuck on a Plane for Maintenance? Break Out The Band! Gratitude in Action

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Last year, a US Airways flight from Indianapolis to New Orleans was delayed on the tarmac for five hours for maintenance after all the passengers on board were seated and ready to depart.  When a flight attendant realized that four of the passengers on board were The Port City Sound, a barber shop quartet, they lightened passengers ‘moods by breaking into song!

That’s gratitude in action! How great is that?

I’ve been on planes where maintenance is an issue and would have loved relief in a situation like that. Awesome. Passengers who fly frequently should feel grateful for air travel in general. Flying is still the safest way to travel, the fastest way to travel and the most convenient way to get to a destination that is more than 100 miles from home. Problems with the maintenance and safe functioning of a large aircraft are inevitable and airlines are usually very accommodating to assure the comfort of its passengers.

Last January, I was on my way back to Los Angeles from Richmond, VA. It was a Delta flight that was going through Atlanta. Due to high winds, the flight was delayed and the airline did everything it could to make passengers comfortable in the Richmond lounge while the attendants sorted everything out.

The flight to Atlanta was eventually cancelled. The attendant told me that the best and safest bet was to stay in Richmond overnight, and fly from Richmond directly to Los Angeles early in the morning. I complied and was given a hotel voucher for the hotel, three meal vouchers and drinks vouchers that had to be used that night or the next day in the airport.

Did I mention, I also got a first class seat on the next morning’s flight? The airline took care of me and I got home safely!

Watch Out for the Drop! Random Acts of Kindness in Israel

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The place: Sea of Galilee In Israel. The time: 1984. I am 18, laying on the beach, eating a Granny Smith apple, and reading Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf, not exactly beach reading. A group of about 7 or 8 boys run past me and go into the water. After a few beats, I look up and I see two arms up in the air flailing around. As a trained lifeguard and swimming instructor, I know that’s a distress signal, so I take action and run into the water, I find my victim, grab him from around the back, put him across my chest, and I pull him onto the rocky beach to give him artificial respiration. How did he pay me back for saving his life? He spit in my face, literally, and then I knew he was alive and breathing, the boys thanked me in Arabic and went on their way. For me, saving this man’s life from drowning was a random act of kindness. It didn’t make it in the papers, there was no social media, only a handful of people, and now you know that I saved this man’s life  from drowning in the Sea of Galilee, 30 plus years ago and thousands of miles from here. Show the World Gratitude and the World Will Thank You Back!

Have a Complain-Free Week and An Attitude of Gratitude!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

We typically complain about all aspects of our lives, from the time we get up to the time we go to sleep! We complain about our jobs, our bosses, traffic, our spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, children, employees, teams, business,money, taxes, and on and on. Complaining only removes us from taking control of what we’re complaining about. People who are chronic complainers can be toxic to be around, because they always have problems they want you to solve for them. Find the root of what you’;re complaining about and decide to change it!  If something bad happens to you on the way to work, for example, don’t use it to “have a bad day”, it is only a mishap or a negative event  that you decided to nurse all day long!  Decide to have a complaint-free week. Take the 7 Day challenge! No complaining for 7 days straight and watch how your attitude can change for the better!

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