Minute #527: Flying Above the Clouds

As the two men walked towards the baggage claim area, Mr. Schorr observed, “You must be awfully tired after so many delays.”

“You’re right, I’m exhausted,” Mr. Green replied. “I left my house at 5:30 this morning!”

“It’s unfortunate, but I think that one has to come to expect these delays when travelling to this area in the winter,” Mr. Schorr said.

“So true. What’s amazing, however, is that I had to traverse wet, icy roads in poor visibility — only to wait hours for our plane to arrive. After finally boarding and then waiting on the tarmac, we took off. Only a few moments later we were above the clouds, gazing at expansive blue skies and bright sunshine. I asked myself, why can’t it be like this down below?”

In personal relationships, one has a choice whether to remain down below and deal with unpleasant conditions or to rise up above the fray and travel through sunny skies. When in disagreement with another, one can accept small differences and move on or rigidly stick to one’s point and get stuck on something that doesn’t make a difference in the big picture.

Will you insist on proving the correctness of your position or transcend ego and pride?

The next time your stubborn need to be right hardens your position in dealing with another, consider taking the high road. It’s so much more pleasant to travel once you are above the clouds.

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

When a person decides to devote his life to the service of Hashem, his first act should be to discover and recognize his dominant quality. He should then try to develop it and perfect it and remain true to it to the best of his ability… There are other qualities hidden within him, and to reach his full potential he must try to develop these, too. (Rabbi Eliyahu E. Dessler, Strive for Truth, vol. 5, p. 54)