I don't usually have time to watch television, but today I was trapped in the car dealership waiting room. Visions of the end of the movie "Beetlejuice" always come to mind when I'm in places like this. Sitting by strangers, bonded only by stale coffee and the dread of an unwanted repair bill.
Over the course of the next two hours I watched a running repeat of news blurbs. Most of them passed in and out of my consciousness right away. One however, caught my attention.
An airport employee fell asleep in the cargo hold and woke up mid-flight.
People could hear him banging inside the belly of the plane and hollering for help. Initially, I thought "How could anyone fall asleep in a cargo hold?" and shuddered at the thought of waking up unexpectedly in a dark, confined space like that.
Then I got to thinking... today millions of people are "asleep on the job" everyday.
How many of us continue from day to day, thoughtlessly letting routines lull us into a robotic existence. Paying more attention to UsWeekly and Kim Kardashian than the beauty and detail of our own lives.
This can be a false sense of comfort until one day something happens and BAM!
We wake up in the "cargo hold" and think
"Where am I and how did I get here?"
So while the story was certainly entertaining I think it's also a cautionary tale. Wake up! Look at what's right around you. Is this what you want? Is this where you want to be?
If you find yourself in a "cargo hold", that's OK.
Waking up is the first step to getting out of the belly of the proverbial plane.