Loose Change

This week, hearing about that sapphire-colored airline’s forced diversion and emergency landing got me thinking about traveling in general, unexpected other-routes-in-life, and unintended after-effects.

A press statement indicated that “a flight from New York to San Francisco diverted to Grand Rapids, Mich., following reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding an electronic device.”

Apparently, a passenger laptop caught on fire.

You know about certain cell phones igniting not long ago, as well?

Gadgets galore still occupy most every seat.


While the recent course redirection affected only a certain segment of people, the unintended consequences may impact all international air travelers.

A live report from New York City revealed that the government’s considering a ban on carry-on laptops and other devices.


This could spark a larger debate, for sure!

Having flown or traveled without these modern luxuries for a number of my time ticks means shrugging my shoulders and bringing along a hard copy book or magazines to pass the time.

I’ve even been known to engage in what Jon Acuff coined, “real retina time” chats with fellow journeyers.

And my loved ones and colleagues can survive without me for an extended span of incommunicado.

For others, this could significantly shift their way of life.

Down here, on western USA terra firma, warmer weather means construction on what seems every junction.


Local parks, too.

Reactions, responses, and rebellions are three interesting results:

“What an inconvenience! Why now?”

“Wow! They’re going to fix some major problems. Nice.”

“Nobody tells me what to do! Hey, how do I get out of here?”

A Forbes online article (Quast, 2012), talks about implementing change:

  • What the specific changes include.
  • Who the changes will impact.
  • How the changes will impact them.

Quast also addressed the five reasons people resist change:

  1. Fear of the unknown.
  2. Mistrust.
  3. Loss…of control.
  4. Bad timing.
  5. An individual’s predisposition toward change.

This reminds me of when my hubby, our two grown sons–then barely emerged onto the planet– and I took a road trip from Washington state to Pennsylvania to visit relatives.

Basically from one northwestern corner of the US to the other waayyy “back east.”

Time and money squeezed to an end-of-the-tube of toothpaste, tight meant expedite with a capital E.

Choosing a more southerly route in April to avoid still frigid weather and dangerous highway conditions our trusty Rand McNally Road Atlas marked in yellow the several state excursion.

While refueling our “Ge0-wel of the Mile” along the way, a gas station attendant said, “Looks like I could fit your whole car in my pocket.” Then he asked if our compact car had front wheel drive.

“Good,” was the only reply to my husband’s nod.

At a rest area somewhere in the middle of our journey, a convoy of freight shippers poured out of semi-trucks in a mad rush to use the facilities.

“They’re closing roads in Wyoming!” One shouted.

We had no clue why.


we’d learn soon enough.

Not much farther along the highway, eighteen-wheelers whooshed by leaving slush-grime on our windshield.

When a snowstorm catches you unawares split-decisions become crucial.

I caught my husband risking a quick peek into the rearview mirror at our precious cargo napping in their car seats, and then his gone-from-blue-to-stormy-grey eyes met mine.

A popcorn prayer heavenward, then– “Pedal to the metal, and don’t look back!” I said as a semi flew by. The concrete barrier to my right of the passenger seat close enough to tap.

He nodded and several white-knuckle-intense hours later we surfaced on the other side and reached our destination safely if not severely storm rattled.

Images on the television later, found me repeatedly whispering a prayer of thanks.

Without knowing it, my husband and I had successfully utilized a strategy recommended on an online business site:

  • Communication
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation.

Whatever befalls us on these courses of life we track, and whether we control the changes or not, we can choose how we will act to the channeling opportunities available.


God-willing, on the other side, we’ll safely arrive at our journeys’ end.







Author: Glenda Zylinski

Glenda Zylinski lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Paul. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

1 thought on “Loose Change”

  1. Thanks for the great points and reminders Glenda. Glad y’all made it through… 😉
    This reminded me that sometimes I’m so busy looking at the pile-ups behind me I forget to look forward and prepare for the storms and dangers ahead.

    Smiles, BRC

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