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Different view today from the balcony of my room at the Four Seasons in Maui. We love to travel, but so often traveling puts you in touch with the best and worst parts of being human. For instance – planes. The whole process of getting anywhere tropical usually involves taking a flight or two. We fly a lot, I know what it’s like, and still… it can be a frustrating and aggravating experience. Planes can be delayed. Luggage can be lost, or damaged. The whole process – book the trip, check in, go through the line, get to your gate, wait, wait, wait for your group number, check your second bag because there’s never enough room, get to your ridiculously small seat, try to cram your carry on under the seat in front of you, inevitably the person in front of you will put their seat back and the people around you will be loud and eating something smelly while you’re trying to read… there’s a line from an old Seinfeld episode where he says, “people – they’re the worst”. You want to get a feel for why anyone would think that, take a few flights. But then, once you get to a place like this – everything changes. Everyone’s happy – the people who work in a resort like this, well they cater to your every whim. And do it with a smile. It’s like you have to go through hell to get to heaven. And, isn’t that a microcosm for life? If you want to achieve anything, if you want to learn how to let love rule, if you want to learn any real lesson in life – you need to go through bad times. The worst things in life set us up for our greatest achievements. Every day, I try to gauge my thoughts, pull back my judgement, try not to be so impatient and demanding, and just know in my heart, whatever I’m going through, there’s something in there that serves me. I just need to figure out what it is, or it’ll keep coming back until I do. I just went through a couple flights, and now I get ten days in Maui. I’ll take that deal every time. But that’s the deal with almost anything going on that’s upsetting in the moment – once you get through it, what’s on the other side is bigger and better than you ever imagined. Once you internalize that mindset, that’s what you’ll see. So, next time I have a troubling event going on in my life I’m just going to think, “this is the flight – I wonder what awesome destination I’m heading to” 

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