Today’s Day of Giving was sort of a bust. Today was our big travel day, getting from SFO back to Baltimore in time for Christmas. I had big plans to take post-it notes with me and do Operation Beautiful, like Steph and Janelle did earlier this month. But when I got a text from Southwest saying that our flight was delayed, and thus we’d miss our connecting flight – the only one tonight – I went into full-on “Get Home” mode and completely forgot to grab the post-it pad. I figured it was no big deal, and it was an airport full of people – surely I’d be able to give to someone, somehow. At a Microsoft promotion I won a free month of Hulu Plus and tried to give it to somebody in the airport, but nobody would take it. On the plane I sat next to an Unaccompanied Minor who hadn’t brought any entertainment, and tried four times to get him to play games on my iPad but every time he refused. What kid doesn’t want to play new video games? At least we were able to tip the SkyCap guy, though we weren’t super motivated to overtip him because he was a bit crazy about our bags.
The one thing I will say about our travels today though is that, despite all of the delays and flight switching and sprinting to gates, pretty much everybody was in a terrific mood! I decided early on that, at the minimum, I was going to give the universe a positive mood and not let the stresses of holiday travel bring down me and those around me. It’s so much more pleasant to laugh and joke with other folks than to complain and yell at flight attendants who can’t do anything about the weather. So I appreciated all of the positive moods and I hope that I was able to bring a few people up instead of down today.
So, this may be a bit of a stretch, but sometimes the best thing you can give to the world is a positive attitude. And that’s Day 23, folks. Time for bed. Big day of gift wrapping and volunteering and last-minute-present-tweaking! For those of you in MD, Stephanie, Burt, Ian, and I will be wrapping gifts at Harford Mall to benefit the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance. Come on up and see us!