The flight was smooth and uneventful. There was no indication of any potential problems as we cleared passport control. Granted the first bag did not show quickly; however, eventually the first, then the second came bumbling along the luggage belt. Waiting patiently for the third was the first early indication that things were not going to go as well as one would hope. People began to take their luggage and head for customers. Soon the baggage coming down the line began to trickle and then finally stop altogether. The remaining group of us quickly began searching the corners looking for the missing pieces. No luck was going to come our way this morning!
Harsh appeared with a strong sense that we were in trouble. “May I help?” The dialogue that continued for the next two hours was and is an example of how to work together when the situation is bad.
Nobody lost his temper. Harsh explored opportunities and listened to suggestions from all angles with diplomacy and respect. When roadblocks came, we discussed the potential alternatives and quickly reached a consensus. The candor and sense of working together was refreshing and encouraging, even though we have not completely solved the problem.
This is a unique experience, amazing in many ways.
It would easy for lose one’s temper. It would be natural to be critical and complain. Making things difficult is more natural than going the extra distance. Finding joy in the moment is not always natural.
Today I met a man who is living life in the awesome presence of each moment. I do not know what his religious beliefs are, but I do know that he has a relationship with God.
God gives each a measure of peace, mercy, assurance, and love. Too often, we give it away carelessly, never realizing the value of what we have. Harsh demonstrated that “your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers.” (Proverbs 5.15) Experience it first and you will have plenty to share in the presence of each moment.