The Bonus Hour (Inspiration from Garuda Flight 343)!

Couple of days ago, at the end of a flight from Denpasar (Bali) to Surabaya, the pilot announced a one-hour time difference between the two cities. And while I was changing the time on my watch, I suddenly realized (for the first time, though I have done this many times) that I was going to live that one hour all over again! I was given a bonus hour! What was I going to do with that extra hour? Well the problem was, the rest of my day was already planned as per the local time 🙂

But for the rest of the afternoon, I was somehow more aware of every hour and of making the best of it. The soup at a roadside cafe tasted like the best soup I had ever had. The flowers at the hotel entrance looked more beautiful than ever. I was able to notice and admire the trees I could see from the lobby while in a business meeting. Everyone seemed a lot nicer. The whole world seemed to have slowed down a little bit. I’ve had an amazing couple of days, as I’ve been trying to live every moment, and I hope it lasts!

What would you do if you had an hour, or a day, to live all over again? Would you spend it at work – meetings and emails – or with a loved one? Would you do something for which you haven’t had the time, like calling or writing to someone, or reading that book…? (Please share through comments)

Why wait for a flight to a time zone behind us? Why not do it today? You know, you really do have that bonus hour, whenever you wish.

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