"As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
Taking in the view at the Abundant Living Retreat, Palm Springs,CA
always being offered to you. When I fly these days I always opt out of going through the scanners and what I've noticed is that my experience of this process is directly related to my state of being in the moment I go through it. My husband was kind enough to drive me to the airport for my noon flight, but he was distracted by the meetings he was missing and the discourtesy of the drivers around him. I arrived at the airport feeling not in the mood to deal with the perceived hassles of security and that indeed is just what I got.
Fast forward to my return flight when I was full of gratitude for a weekend spent with the most amazing people, completing unplugged and learning so much about the effect of how I show up in my life . . . The line was long at security but I saw it as an opportunity to have a sweet conversation with the woman in front of me. I opted out of the scanners and got the chance to compliment the TSA agent on her professionalism and courtesy. I waited for a friend and she graciously bought me lunch. Walking to the gate unrushed I arrived just as boarding started and sat with a lovely couple.
What I realized . . . and I imagine my husband will be delighted to see this said publicly . . . is that at any moment anyone of the people involved in my flight out experience could have shifted what was going on and the one person most responsible for my experience was me. I only have the opportunity to opt out of the scanners when I travel but I have the choice of opting out of the blame game every day. Next time the cat escapes from its carrier just as we are about to take off (true story from the flight out) I'll see the humor in it and opt out of the drama.