When I learned to fly little airplanes, my training took me into Holding Patterns.
Holding Patterns slow aircraft traffic and keep things safe. When a pilot is told to enter a Hold, that’s where they stay—flying in circles until Air Traffic Control releases them.
That sure sounds a lot like regular life these days.
I remember flying a Holding Pattern with my instructor. We were there longer than usual, so I asked, what is taking so long? He said, “Why don’t you call them up and tell them you need to get moving?”
A few minutes later, I called ATC on the radio and instantly was cleared to head toward my destination – with an apology for the delay.
I’ve never forgotten the lesson.
Even in with everything that has happened over the last few years, there’s no reason to be stuck in a Holding Pattern. When you decide it’s time to get moving, magical things happen.