How do you meet an angel on an airplane?

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You never know who will touch your life from your office in the sky.

Airplane fuel is an essential part of what keeps the goodness movement alive. When clients ask me to visit their city to speak and coach…I make the most of my airplane time to write, think and listen to where the spirit moves me. I’m lucky I’m a shrimp – at only 5’6” tall, even coach seats make a comfortable office in the sky.

Typically, I build a cocoon around myself and dive into my work.  As a writer, I crave the time to focus on my “travel work list,” provided by my trusted colleague Delane. Every-so-often, my cramming session gets usurped.

Last week a charming 60-something businessman penetrated my First Class virtual office with this engaging question: “Were you in Phoenix for business or fun?” Both, I replied: my business is a big part of my fun.  “You are very lucky,” he laughed. We shared a fascinating three-hour spiritual and intellectual conversation about Goodness, Personal Leadership and the Seven Fs.

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What inspiration are you looking for in the sky?

The angel in him appeared when I asked him about his family, and we talked about our sons. “Twelve years ago I lost my son to suicide, caused by untreatable Bi-Polar personality disorder,” he said. Here, sitting next to me was a successful entrepreneur and business executive who profoundly understood a small piece of my world.  He lived the personal and professional upheaval associated with the cruel, debilitating brain disease. I opened my soul — sharing the current story of my own father, his failed suicide attempt, and his ongoing Bi-Polar battle. Heavens, I can’t imagine losing my son. My travel companion made me feel understood and grateful.  He listened, consoled and coached in ways that made me see the dust and feel the quiet wisps of his wings still today.

An angel on an airplane. Faith at work.

Good leaders make a habit of embracing both the pleasure and pain of a rich personal and professional life. And they are willing to break their routine to listen for the wisdom of an angel.

Will you share your story with us?  What’s moving through you right now that an angel could help you understand?[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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