Being grateful for what you have at home

This week I’ll be traveling for business – leaving the up and down temperatures of New Jersey for a 6 night, 7 day stay in the windy city of Chicago.

And though this might sound impossible to some, this is only the second time I’ll be traveling alone in 16 years.

The first was for a training seminar in the fun-filled city of Las Vegas – I was 22 years old and it was the first time I had ever been on an airplane. What can I tell you – I lead a sheltered life.

My jobs rarely ever required me to travel for business. So much of my air travel was for pleasure, with my wife sitting beside me.

And if you can believe it, this is only the second time in 12 years of marriage that my wife and I will be apart for multiple days. Unless you count the times I was forced to sleep on the couch. (LOL)

It’s funny how you come to rely on the presence of another person on a day to day basis. How you take for granted a good morning kiss, a bright smile, a laugh, or the sharing of stories collected over a busy day over a cup of coffee.

Thankfully the advent of technology allows for video chats from across the country, but if anything I have no doubt that this trip will remind me of the special gift I have waiting for me at home.

I found this wonderful quote which I thought was quite fitting here:

“Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” Richard Bach