Flying while standing still

We woke up in a hotel at Gatwick airport this morning, en route to a friend’s birthday halfway across the globe. 

We are traveling with our firstborn, who is 20 months old. My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. We did not sleep very much. 

I used to be a high anxiety person with a quick temper. This is the type of situation that previously would have triggered all of that. And it would have made a stressful day much worse, for everyone. 

This year I’ve committed to a consistent, intense meditation/contemplation practice. I hope to relate some of the experiences. But even the sporadic, relatively shallow practice I’ve adopted over the last years is helpful. It very much feels like life spins around me, and I’m at the center - calm, collected, joyful.