Day 23 – Thankful for Flight

This is part of a series called 24 Days of Thankfulness. These posts are in RANDOM order, NOT priority order. Each is something I am thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving.

DAY #23: Flight

A few days ago a friend of mine tweeted,

You don’t feel thankful for the things you feel you are entitled to. Where have you lost your thankfulness?

While my initial reaction was a little defensive, “I don’t feel ‘entitled’ to anything,” I decided it was a question worthy of reflection.Especially the final question:

Where have I lost my thankfulness?

Or asked differently, “What do we take for granted?” I’m not sure I take it for granted, but one thing I AM thankful for, and MARVEL at every time I get the opportunity to take advantage of it – is FLIGHT. I think it is something our society takes for granted, since it’s existed now for almost one hundred years as a mode of transportation.

Click to Enlarge (How exactly was this taken?)

I have never outgrown my boyish fascination with flight. I have flown many times and still request the window seat, until recently, now that I have a boy who wants it, but unless Luke is with me and has claimed it, my forehead is pressed to the glass during take-off and landing and during much of the flight. I could publish a photo book of America of pictures out airplane windows! (iPhone videos too)

My Most Recent iPhone Window Pic

I think that air travel is one of those things that people take for granted. I, for one, have never gotten over it. I sit there amazed in my chair completely in awe each and every flight. As we drive home, after every flight I say to my wife, “Can you believe I we were in California this morning?”

I think this YouTube Video sums it up pretty well:

Everything is Amazing and Nobody’s Happy:

This video explains why I never complain about airplane delays. To complain is to miss the miracle of flight. We are so spoiled as Americans.

It is time to be thankful for the things we take for granted.

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