In the Zone

“Our life is made of time and time is God’s gift, and it is therefore important to make use of it by performing good and fruitful actions”

Pope Francis

As I boarded what I thought was my last flight of 2018, I looked at my American Airlines app and noticed that I was in striking distance of “Executive Platinum,” the highest level possible. Ok, so maybe I didn’t just notice. Maybe I have been staring at the little needle as it has inched toward 100,000 miles for the past few weeks. My heart sank as I did the mental math and realized my last flight would put me less than 1,200 miles shy of this monumental achievement. Sure, I could “buy up,” but where are the bragging rights in that? No, in a fit of exhausted Dan-drama I decided I would take a personal trip before December 31. Overnight to Rio? Lunch in Paris? Thankfully airfare sobered my whim, as did my wife’s face. Relying on hotel points and family, I negotiated a much more enjoyable opportunity – a quick getaway with Tricia to Arizona. With plans in place, I became increasingly proud of my spontaneous excursion.

As I shared my upcoming jaunt with family over Christmas, one cousin asked with a bewildered face, “What does Executive Platinum even get you?” Without skipping a beat, I replied confidently “Zone 2.” Now everyone had a bewildered face. “What zone are you now?” As I shared that I was Zone 3 and tried to rattle off some of what I thought the distinctions were, I too heard the absurdity.

In leadership, what other statuses or milestones am I chasing without consideration of the benefits or more importantly the consequences? When I’m in the zone, am I sure it’s the right one? When I lament of limited time to place myself in God’s zone, do I reflect upon the effort I spend just to achieve society’s rewards? Thankfully my misguided quest afforded my wife and I some focused time with each other. I’ve committed to a new year’s resolution to use my extra 5 minutes of boarding time afforded to me by Zone 2 for prayer.

by Daniel Cellucci

Jan 07, 2019

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