What are flight attendant’s five meaningful life lessons from 30,000 feet?

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Flight attendants, formerly known as stewardess have a passion for travel to different countries and places around the globe. And they do love meeting people from different areas and ways of life. The next time you board a plane, please take a second to look at these people who serve, smile, and help you from the beginning of your flight until you land. While you’re flying at 30,000 feet, these flight attendants may become your life saver. So sit back, relax, and smile at them. They’ll welcome your friendliness and reward you with extra special care while you fly through the sky. It’s incredible how much you can learn about life way up there in the air.

And I’d like to share my personal life lessons that I learned from my years floating through the sky in those fantastic tin cans with wings.

A smile is a universal form of communication and brings a sense of calm.

When there’s a delay or rough weather a smile can brighten the atmosphere at 35,000 feet. And it also does wonders on the ground too.

“Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa

Being kind is priceless.

We all have time when we complain about an unpleasant situation and people. If we pause and reflect we realize that beneath the facades we put on, we do not know the secret battle that another may be facing. You may never know what one moment of your being nice did for someone. It may have even changed their life.

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato

The unexpected can add sparkle to your life.

Flights may cancel, weather may divert a plane to another city. Often, we find treasures in the unplanned events. Spontaneous adventures add color and interest to life. Embrace them.

“You can devise all the plans in the world, but if you don’t welcome spontaneity, you will just disappoint yourself.” Abigail Biddinger

Accept discomforts. Most are temporary.

Delays are typical. Long flights eventually reach their destinations. Uncomfortable times are not forever, and they may open to new adventures, opportunities, or people. “Fear, uncertainty, and discomfort are compresses toward growth. “ Celestine Chua

Everyone has a story.

I would have never realized that the man sitting in the exit row on one of my flights was a famous war hero. If I did not engage with him long enough to listen, I would have missed a life-enriching experience. A story that you hear one time could change your life — or at least your day. “Everyone is a writer, some write stories in books, and some confine stories in their hearts.” Savi Sharma

Are you Interested in life lesson stories? You may enjoy the following novels.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.




Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?




A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?






The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)  by Rachel Joyce

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.



I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robber.

Now this book will get you started on writing your story.





Now it’s your turn to write your story.

Legacy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence

In this practical guide to capturing those memories that have been stored away, Linda Spence provides the questions that are the keys to unlocking the memories that make up a life.Beyond the vital statistics are the personal stories that tell what it was like, what we did, and why we did it, how we feel about our choices, and what our circumstances were. Through encouraging coaching, shared memories, and open-ended questions, the process of producing a personal history becomes intriguing and engaging.














And now, it’s your turn to write your story. Please check out the following book to get you started on your personal story.


How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer4th Edition by Lois Daniel


Writing the story of one’s life sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This warmhearted, encouraging guide helps readers record the events of their lives for family and friends. Excerpts from other writers’ work are included to exemplify and inspire. Provided are tips on intriguing topics to write about, foolproof tricks to jog your memory, ways to capture stories on paper without getting bogged down, ways to gather the facts at a local library or historical society, inspired excerpts from other writers, and published biographies that will delight and motivate.




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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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