I travel a good bit for work, as I train and consult all over the country.
When I was in middle school, I got to fly for the first time----from San Antonio to Houston. If you haven't done that trip, you literally get up in the air then the jet puts its nose back down. It didn't matter. I loved every minute of it----particularly the thrill of taking off. "We are up in the air!" I exclaimed.
I admit I still get a little thrill in flying, although the excitement is often now based on getting upgraded to nice first class seats and even individual pods. I have a dear friend who says, "Just wait. Even the thrill of being upgraded will wear off pretty soon and then you'll hate it!" I hope not.
I love what I do. I get to teach teachers and administrators how to be better in our work and with each day I teach and reflect on my own practice, I pray I am learning new strategies and getting better myself.
This work simply involves a lot of travel. That means I have to change my perspective, some days. Instead of getting sad and weepy about missing Dave and the dogs, I turn that thought around and look forward to seeing Dave again so we can have time together.
I believe we always have a choice. I can look at the travel as a burden or I can look at it as an opportunity to get more work done (prepping for a job, doing edits on a book, or reading for pleasure!). I even got a chance to watch "The Book Thief" on my flight today. If you haven't seen it, it is a great movie to remind each and every one of us to take advantage of maintaining a positive perspective whenever possible.
Just for today, when given a choice between complaining and....well, NOT complaining, why not resist the urge to complain and instead look at our blessings in this day and this life?