The View from the Cargo Hold

Never mind that we’ve been planning this trip for six months. My husband and I are standing in line to board a flight from Dallas to Zurich, and I’m still struggling to unplug from my life. I lob in one last call from my cell phone to the office as the agent scans my boarding pass. I’m greeted with laughter on the other end of the line. “Go on vacation,” they tell me. I suppose I should.

From the beginning, I must confess that I am a destination person, much more interested in being somewhere than experiencing the journey. I’m a leader with a determined focus to get there, wherever “there” might be. Friends have described me as an intensely passionate achiever with a motor that seldom slows down, much ...

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