One of my favorite things while waiting to depart from an airport is watching sunsets (if my flight takes off in the evening). The expansive runways make for a perfect space where the setting sun takes center stage. I look forward to cloud-free days - not just for smooth flying - but for nature's show. Sometimes, when things are taking their toll at an airport, I just look out the window and the soaring airplanes coupled with the warm hues of the sunset - well, there is no other word other than breath-taking.
I love watching planes power up especially during sunset, as the bridge pulls away from the aircraft,and backing out to taxi away. I would never find a car pulling out of a driveway so inspiring, but a plane with its sleek shape, curvy wings and formidable engines - there is something elegant about watching these people-movers beginning their travels to places that require air travel to get them there. Often, I just take quiet time watching the planes arrive and leave the gate area at an airport during my travels. Things are as they should be.
When I was looking up to these planes flying into sunset, I was probably focused on both my photography shoot and my thoughts. I looked down the centerline of the runway and look beyond, find something straight ahead for a reference point. The purpose is so that when I can no longer see the runway line ahead of me as the plane lift off the runway there would be a point ahead that will help it to keep aligned to the runway and on course.
Some days are just thinking days for me and I'll just have to go with them. The whole theory of this blog is that in life, I think to get where we want to go, we have to have an extended centerline. We have to have a place ahead of us in time that when we are on a path somewhere and we can’t see exactly where we are, we can look ahead and say, “There is where I want to be and adjust my course to get back on track.”
Extended center lines can take many forms in life. For some it is making a to-do list each day and strictly adhering to it moving neither to the left or the right and crossing off item after item as the day progresses. Others set longer term goals without much thinking about time, money or a path to their goals. It doesn’t matter how or how long it takes to get to their goal or who they have to step over or on as long as they eventually get there. I like to share my goals, life dreams and plans with others so that I am held accountable if it is truly something I want to carry out.
Do you have someone to encourage you, someone to be your extended centerline? Life is hard, but having someone to help keep you on course and on the path you intended makes the journey so much sweeter. I’ve looked around me and starting thinking about others that I could mentor or be their extended centerline. That someone could be younger or older. There are always ways to encourage others, you just have to start the flight. :-)