Life in a Tight Space
by Brad Leese
It happens so much in life these days that we hardly ever notice it unless we’re confined to a crowded airline seat. But think about it, it really happens more often than you think. It happens in elevators, on buses, subway cars, in planes, in lines, in construction, at work, in school, and now in most vehicles. We grow taller, bigger around, but everything gets smaller and we get squeezed.
I started thinking about this while sitting in a seat on an American Airlines flight from Washington DC to Dallas. I paid for ‘extra’ legroom, but think my $47 bought be all of one extra inch which was taken away when the guy in front of me decided to recline his seat. I’m not a tiny guy, standing over six feet tall with a football player’s build, so the scenario I found myself in, left me compacted in a very uncomfortable position for the next two plus hours. Needless to say, it wasn’t my first experience with this and it won’t be my last.
So there I was, sitting, in discomfort, wishing that I could just click my heels together and magically transport myself home, thoughts running freely and all of the time in the world to type them.
It’s life in tight space that brings us to our most pure state. Are we at this point any different than a caged animal? We are literally tied to our seat, following instructions from others whom we paid to place us in these situations. Are we stupid? Have we forgotten how to stand up, how to crawl out of immoral capture? I don’t think we’ve forgotten per say, but we have been silenced. No one seems to care that they’ve been inconvenienced until they’re in a hurry to get somewhere.
The next time you find yourself in a situation such as mine, think for a second if your customers feel like I did. Are you unfairly taking their money then putting them in an uncomfortable tight space? Do you really care about them or more about your bottom line? Have you been so successful that you haven’t thought outside your personal space for awhile? Well it’s time to get out, step away from the norm, spread your wings so to speak and fly forward. And if you need help coming back to reality, ask your customers how they feel, because I promise you, they will happily tell you what’s on their mind, just like I’m doing now.