Apr 012017
 

Life is going to present curves, unexpected challenges, disappointments, and discouragement. Alternatively, it will offer light, levity, hope, and encouragement. There will be seasons when all is well while others simply confuse or confound. I was reminded by this while experiencing an extended delay at the airport. My tenure as a Hospitality Consultant has provided an awesome opportunity to see different parts of the country over the last 18 months. These experiences have allowed me access to areas providing a unique perspective along with cultivating relationships with some extremely special people. Prior to transitioning into this role, my home for the previous 11 years, was in Greensboro, NC. While there, I developed some great relationships and created life long memories. My work allowed me to become involved in the community and created the foundation of

My tenure as a Hospitality Consultant has provided an awesome opportunity to see different parts of the country over the last 18 months. These experiences have allowed me access to areas providing a unique perspective along with cultivating relationships with some extremely special people. Prior to transitioning into this role, my home for the previous 11 years, was in Greensboro, NC. While there, I developed some great relationships and created life long memories. My work allowed me to become involved in the community and created the foundation of home, stability, and a strong network. Whenever the schedule affords, I enjoy the opportunity to return. Who knows, I may return permanently at some point. During my travels across the country, a minor downfall has been the numerous events that I have had to miss. Certainly, we have the opportunities via social media to see the captured moments. However, it is not the same as being there. So, here I am, waiting.

During my travels across the country, a minor downfall has been the numerous events that I have had to miss. Certainly, we have the opportunities via social media to see the captured moments. However, it is not the same as being there. So, here I am, waiting for a flight to return to Greensboro. The schedule had provided a brief opening that would allow me to go to a particular event for the first time in a couple of years. Everything lined up and I was set to go The morning of my departure brought about the usual rush to get ready. On the way to the lobby to depart on the hotel shuttle, my phone rings. I look down to see the airline is on the other end. Curious, I answer only to discover my original flight has been delayed. I inquire about alternative flights without success. The only potential alternative is standby on a flight that was also delayed from earlier in the morning.

Determined, we make our way for the short trip to the airport. Upon my arrival, there is no surprise at the number of people facing the same challenge. I patiently wait to see if there might be a chance to ride stand- by only to find out the flight has now been canceled. To place the proverbial cherry on top, my scheduled flight has been further delayed by an extra 2 hours. Well, attendance to the event has now become impossible. I begin a brief internal discussion with myself about how it never seems to work out to make it back home. (Fortunately, I did not respond back). This went on for a couple of minutes in a one-sided internal complaint. Fortunately, in a moment of utter clarity, I realized that nothing really insane or life changing happened. Sure, I was disappointed but what was really lost? I began to realize there was an opportunity from a different lens to consider how important this situation was in the total scheme of things.  In a matter of moments, I realized that the perception of the situation seemed more negative than the actual reality of it. After further thought and more honest, I had to ask myself…

Did I lose a family member?  Well, No.

Was my health affected? Hmm, No

Did it cost me the loss of a job? Uh, No

Did it really matter in the Big Picture? Absolutely not

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CHRIS ADAMS has over 30 years in the Hospitality Industry serving in a number of emerging and diverse roles. His specialty has been in the area of Staff Development, Organizational Enhancements, Task Force Management, and Public Relations. He has worked for several brands such as Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, and several Independents. An advocate for strong community relationships, Adams has served on numerous boards and Non-Profits in an effort to bridge certain gaps towards better understanding and inclusion for all. Additionally, Adams serves as a Legal Task Force Consultant assisting Law Firms in developing case positions via mock juries, selection, and development of media strategies. These efforts have provided further strength towards mediation and successful case resolutionsLinkedInTwitter

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