I sat next to someone nice.

On my flight home from Las Vegas,  I sat next to someone really nice.  Actually not just one person but TWO people!  A couple returning home from visiting grand-kids. The truth of the matter is, I generally end up next to nice people when I fly.  Most recently it was the guy who was game to talk about German beer for a whole flight, and the woman on her way to a funeral who teaches piano down the street from my home.  I’m pretty darn lucky when it comes to airplane row companionship.  I’m generally always able to connect with my row-mates about something.

Which got me to thinking – if an airplane is merely a microcosm of the world at-large, then maybe far more of us are nicer than we think.  Despite what the recent US election would tell us, maybe if you put us all on a plane and forbade talk of politics, we’d all think we were all pretty nice people.  We could find at least one thing to unite us; be it kids, beer, or the legroom of the plane, we all have something in common.  Especially when we’re crammed into a flying tin can for hours at a time with no food and no escape.

So for my part, I’m going to start looking at each business trip as an opportunity to connect with someone new on the plane; to lean something new or to find some new common ground.  I think it will make all my trips more enjoyable and well, nicer.

Wouldn’t you want to sit next to this on a plane?  YES!!

Journey On, Janes.


Ellen is the CEO and co-head writer for Go Jane Go. She has traveled for business for over 25 years, lived and worked abroad, and speaks German. And all she knows for sure is that she never liked working for someone else – so that’s part of why her sister Kate and she started Go Jane Go – so she could work for herself and make business travel better for legions of women like her.
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