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Leader's Insight: Exercises in Patience

What I'm learning from airlines, C.S. Lewis, and war.

From my journal: My to-do list for 25 July 2006

  • Pack (carry-on only) and assemble notes and PowerPoint material for lectures in Colorado.
  • Fly (6 am) from Boston to Indianapolis (connecting through Chicago) and spend several hours with two close friends.
  • Fly (6 pm) from Indianapolis to Denver (connecting through Chicago) in order to give my lectures the following day.
  • Arrive Denver: Pick up Hertz car and check into hotel at airport.

What Actually Happened:

  • Notes and PowerPoint material were left in my vehicle at the Boston airport parking lot. Discovered this over Buffalo. (Oh, God! Anoint my memory!)
  • In Chicago I learned that Indianapolis flights had been cancelled. Visit with close friends won't happen…terribly disappointed. My friends and I will not be able to achieve world peace; nominate George Bush's successor; solve the problems of the worship wars; and identify five growth stocks that will secure our retirements on a Bill Gates level. (Lord, let mid-summer storms be cursed!)
  • On to Denver (new routing on overbooked planes: Chicago, Houston, Denver). Three extra hours of flight: no books; no iPod battery power. (Prepared sermon on hell.)
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