I just got back from a 4 day trip to St Louis.
I see traveling as an opportunity to make new friends.
Some are just for the moment, some become Facebook friends, and then there are the special ones that I keep in touch with- and at some point, we get to see each other again.
When I found my seat on the plane heading out, I asked to sit between two men. They seemed delighted to allow me to sit between them. I am sure that my small size had something to do with it.
We exchanged pleasantries, and then Mr. Isle seat put in his ear buds and went to sleep. But Mr. Window seat started chatting. I realized that I had the opportunity here for an interesting conversation.
I could see that he was very adept at the art of chat as he began to ask questions to see how he could lead the conversation.
Once he dug up that I was an RN who had a passion for Natural Medicine, a green thumb and that my late husband passed away from pancreatic cancer; he had the direction that he needed to lead the conversation.
He shared with me his experience with cancer, surgery, and radiation therapy. His new lease on life which included organic food and cooking. He chatted about his multimillion dollar company, his travels around the world and that fact that his wife could have anything that she wanted. His last gift to her was a $5,000 purse and trip with girlfriends to Europe.
He was ow returning home to St Louis where he owned the house of his wife’s dreams in the city, and several acres of agricultural land sitting vacant as an investment. (drool!)
He told me that the vision(s) that he had for diversifying his company was always ahead of him, and is what got him up in the morning. His passion in life was to reach those goals.
I told him that as a holistic person, I had two areas that I had not heard about him yet.
His family and social life. He told me that his illness had given him a new passion for his family, and that he was seeking a way to use his acreage as a way to spend more time with them.
His spiritual life. He told me that he was not ready to go there just yet (sad). I told him that I would pray for him. He said “thank you-I am feeling the tug”.
Then I suggested that while his property value is rising that he might consider using it to raise organic food with his family, and start some new traditions centered around raising life to give life.
I saw a light bulb go on over his head. He started talking about how fun it would be to own a tractor and build a well. He could build a small house on the place for a caretaker, there could be chickens, goats, and grass fed meat…
Boom! My job was done.
We talked the whole 3 hours. Each picking the brain of the other. He told me that my vision was too small and that I needed to find a way to save water. He had some great suggestions.
When we started to circle the St Louis airport, he said that this was one of the most refreshing conversations that he has had in a long time, and that though we come from different worlds, we are truly very similar. He thanked me for my input and once again encouraged me about water harvesting. Then off we went.