First Class Family

I fly a lot on commercial airlines. Lately, most of my trips start early on a Thursday and don’t end until late Sunday night. I’m pretty weary come Monday morning when many people are refreshed from their weekend rest. Jet lag is one of the reasons why I feel so tired after traveling. It is a physiological condition which upsets the body’s internal clock. When this is coupled with prolonged sitting in tight quarters, a person can get easily fatigued.

Recently when I was on a flight, I was approached by an attendant who asked me, “Sir, would you like to move up to First Class?” This has happened a few times since I travel a lot, and every time, I find myself thinking that I am in the middle of a dream. But once I recognize that it is real, I reply that of course I’d like to move to First Class. Who wouldn’t? A free hot meal, a hot cloth for your face, unlimited snacks, and enough leg and arm room to really stretch out. I feel like royalty as I am escorted to the upper echelon of travel.

And as I was thinking about all of this, I wondered what the world would be like if we applied this same principle to family life. Does your family operate with a First Class or an Economy Class mentality? If you have an Economy Class mindset and I asked you if you’d like to move up to First Class, you would most likely welcome that change.

So, what does that mean? First of all, it means that you’ll have to pay a higher price. First Class seats on an airplane are not free. They cost more. Family life is the same way. I don’t mean financially; the costs incurred are more emotional and time driven. It involves more effort and energy and giving of yourself. For you as a parent, it may mean less of you and more of your family. Practically speaking, that means you might exercise five days each week instead of seven. Instead of leaving the office at 7 p.m., you try to leave at 5 p.m. at least three days each week. Rather than turning on the TV as soon as you get home, try turning to the kids for company and entertainment.

I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in First Class on that flight. Although I can’t justify spending the extra money for First Class when I fly, I can’t afford not to when it comes to my family.