#1637 A Walk at the Airport

With Confucius

I’m typing this in the Southwest terminal of the airport in Orlando, Florida.

I’m in the middle of a 2-hour layover on my trip back home from the east coast. Yesterday, I had a great, full day. It started with a Loyola University ROTC Leadership panel I was on with Admiral Mike Manazir and Brittany Loney and it ended with a tour of the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH.

I’ve been walking back and forth in the terminal with my 10,000-steps-a-day target in sight. 🎯

As I was walking, I thought of Confucius. Then I thought of Mark Twain and Krishnamurti.


Confucius and I went on a little walk together.

Way back in the day (roughly 2,500 years ago!) Confucius told us…

“Even when walking in a party of no more than three I can always be certain of learning from those I am with.”


“In the presence of a good man, think all the time how you may learn to equal him. In the presence of a bad man, turn your gaze within!”


That’s what I was thinking about as I appreciated the diversity of humanity on display in that airport terminal.

I saw the dad playing with his son and smiled as I imagined remembering to playfully celebrate my amazing kids.

Then I saw an enraged woman and reminded myself to check my own anger and take a deep breath when I feel triggered by things that just aren’t that important.

Then I saw some super-fit athletes and celebrated their commitment to excellence as I recommitted to showing up as a Disciplined Athlētē.

Then I saw a tragically obese man and sent compassion while recommitting to helping create a world in which 51% of humanity is flourishing by 2051.

As I walked back and forth I went back and forth admiring qualities I saw in others that I want to cultivate more of in myself then noticing less-than-admirable qualities that I want to continue to uproot within myself.

Back and forth.
Back and forth.
Back and forth.

That’s our +1…

Perhaps YOU can spend some time with Confucius today.

In the presence of a good person, let us send them celebratory love as we think about how we can learn to equal them.

In the presence of a less-than-great human, let us send them compassion as we embrace our own imperfections and recommit to living in integrity with our highest values so we can make a difference in the world.

Here’s to shining the flashlight of curiosity on what’s working and what needs work as we practice our philosophy and give the world all we’ve got.


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