A couple of weeks ago I was hustling along a concourse at Denver International Airport looking for Gate 60. I walked to the end of my “known world,” then down a set of stairs and into a long, very unfamiliar corridor, still looking for my gate.
I could feel anxiety rearing its ugly head.
Was I going to the right place?
Where is that gate?
What if I’m in the entirely wrong place?
What if I miss my flight?
It didn’t help that this was an early flight, which meant that I’d been up even earlier.
You get the picture. I was tired, a little wired on caffeine, and anxious. My shoulders were already tight from lugging my travel-stocked purse.
Wired, tired and anxious seems a good description of the experience of flying these days.
So I’m walking down this corridor, wondering where in the heck I was going when I came upon this large illuminated sign, reminding me to RELAX. The peaceful green letters were lit one at a time until the whole word was bright green.
Took a good, long breath.
And then I smiled.
It was all I needed to calm my anxious self.
I took the photo and then continued on my way. Very quickly I found myself in a large waiting area, which was very familiar.
The next thing I found was Gate 60.
Sometimes all we need is one little sign.
And what I’ve learned, though sometimes I forget, is that the signs are everywhere.
We just have to see them.