Leaving on a Jet Plane

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time in airports. When I was single, I worked for a company where being in airports all over the country several times each month was my normal routine. While I never enjoyed the “hurry up and wait” aspect of commercial air travel, I did (and still do) enjoy the people-watching part of it.

It was during one of these recent airport waiting times I watched a man open a guitar case, remove his guitar, and proceed to play and sing softly. His voice was quite nice, with a sound reminiscent of John Denver. After a few moments, someone came and sat near him to listen. After that, another, and then a lady came and began to sing harmony, followed by another man in a wheelchair who also had a guitar with him. In a matter of 15 minutes, I was enjoying an impromptu concert!

It reminded me of the power of music—a power that can turn strangers into friends. It reminded me of the power of things we have in common.

I think that’s why we enjoy what we do here at Postcards so much. People are so interesting, and we have so much more in common than we realize. Those “in common” things can help us become friends…help us be kind to each other when we may not agree on the things we don’t share in common.

We live in a community filled with interesting and unique people. As we head into this Christmas season, I urge you to look for the things we have in common. Remember, like music, the sweet spirit of kindness is also something that draws people to you.

I can remember when we were kids and would go to Astroworld (if you’re too young to remember it, just search YouTube). We would ask Mom or Dad to ride some crazy ride with us, and they would often tell us they would prefer to just people-watch. Boy, did I think that was lame! But now I get it. People are cool. And unique. And fascinating. And some are just downright weird. But isn’t that what makes life interesting?

We think so.

We also think you might take a few extra moments to look through this month’s issue and think about these local business owners who make it possible for us to share our unique community with you. Spread a little kindness, and do some Christmas shopping at home for someone you love. May your holiday season be full of blessings and love.

Until next year, ~ Karen

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