Chances Almost Missed

Nebraska / Aug. 29, 2012 / by Chris
Chances Almost Missed

This past week, as Robert mentioned, I took a temporary leave of absence from the Bus to take care of things at home. What this meant, going from North Dakota to Maryland, was that I flew on a lot of planes over the course of the week. Six, to be precise. And, not to pass up the chance to get some work done over my 16 hours of in-flight time, I brought along my music paper to do some composing on the go.

On one flight, I pulled my notebook out of my carry on before take-off. The man next to me asked politely, "Oh, are you a musician?" I replied, "Yes, how about yourself?" From there it became evident that, like myself, this man was a church musician. Now, I don't know if you've ever met a church musician. If you haven't, here's what you need to know: we don't get a lot of chances to meet each other, and even if we did we wouldn't be able to talk about all we want to talk about. So the two of us talked from when the plane took off to when we parted ways at our destination's gate. 

I got to thinking how many fantastic conversations like this one I have passed up just by not talking to people on the plane next to me. Sure, I would be bound to end up next to a few less-enjoyable folks (and possibly perceived as one myself), but isn't it worth it if you get to meet awesome people like my friend on the plane? It certainly makes the time go faster. 

Image: Taken over a very patriotic farm