I was sitting at a table in the middle of Times Square talking to my family on the phone. Having just gotten out of my last meeting for the day I wanted to check in before the kids went to bed. My son had done something wrong that day and I was scolding him about it. As I sat there surrounded by thousands of strangers, sky-high movie posters and blazing bright screens bigger than my house, I was disciplining my child. This was not something my father had ever had to do and it felt strange to me as I did it. Where had my life taken me that at the intersection of the world I was scolding my son on my phone?
I sat there long after I hung up the phone and thought about what had just happened. As a consultant, author, and speaker I spend a lot of time on the road. As long as I have a laptop and my phone I can work from anywhere in the world. The concept of the Dad who leaves the house in the morning, punches a clock and returns home for dinner is not the reality in the Chapman house.
Many think the road warrior lifestyle is one of luxury and fun, and that’s true if your idea of luxury and fun is delayed flights, strange hotel rooms and meals alone and away from the ones you love. While I have a constant case of wanderlust and I love travel, I don’t love being away from my family.
The more traveling I do, the more I like to establish little rituals to keep me and the family sane and connected.
I’m sure that each of you has your own rituals and other ways to stay sane and connected to your families, and I want to hear them. Hopefully we can all survive our next road trip together.
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