Last week was a travel week, which means I spent time in airports. They are not one of my favorite places, but there are lessons to be learned and shared. I was sitting at Love Field in Dallas on a wet, rainy, fall day. I was headed to Lubbock and weather was not making it easy. My flight has been delayed twice and departure was going to be two hours later than planned. Yet, things were not boring. I was being entertained by a lady re-living the ‘glory’ days of WWII and regaling her audience of fellow octogerians with stories of her husband. As she sat in her wheelchair, she easily spoke of POW camps and her husband being shot down in 1943. It’s amazing how time blurs the edges of life. She was able to tell entertaining stories about an era where the entire world was at war and millions were being killed. I wonder how WWII would have been fought if our parents and grandparents had today’s methods of communication – but that’s another whole subject.
We are presently facing extraordinary economic times and many want us to think that the world as we know it is rapidly coming to an end. Yet, when you consider the adversity the “Great Generation” faced, or the situations our young men and women face on their third or fourth tour in Iraq or Afghanistan, things become a bit clearer. It ain’t all that bad.
So, as we approach the end of 2009 and look forward to a new year, let’s keep things in perspective. 2010 may or may not be the kind of year we’d like, but when you compare it to spending time in a POW camp or living through a time when 25% of our nation was unemployed. It’s going to be a good year.