Spirit Magazine - June 2014 - (Page 24)

Your Words Dear Spirit, I travel a lot for business. During my flights on Southwest, I often pass the time by thumbing through Spirit magazine or jotting down new business ideas. I was so inspired by the article on Van Phillips ["Chasing Beautiful Questions"] in the April edition that not only did I read it twice on two different trips, I challenged myself to start generating beautiful questions in both my work and home life. My first question to tackle: "How might I develop a small business for my children to run?" I'll let you know the outcome. What if you found that creative genius does not lie in knowing all of the answers? Chasing Beautiful Questions By WARREN BERGER Photography by DAVE LAURIDSEN STARTING LINE Van Phillips launched a journey of invention by asking, "Why?" 68 SPIRIT APRIL 2014 APRIL 2014 SPIRIT 69 -DAN WORT ELKHART, INDIANA We were asking, "How can our children support us in our dotage?" You may have asked a better one. Do keep us posted! SEND 'EM IN Write to us at 2811 McKinney Ave., Suite 360, Dallas, TX 75204 or email letters@ spiritmag.com. For comments or questions directed at Southwest Airlines that don't pertain to Spirit, please visit the "Contact Us" page at southwest.com. Our favorite letter each month wins a Spirit diner mug. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/spiritmag Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/spiritmagazine Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/spiritmagazine 24 SPIRIT JUNE 2014 CONNECTION MADE On a recent flight from Denver to Indianapolis I took a long enough break from my smartphone to happen upon your article "Connection Error" [April 2014]. I travel for work 60 percent of the time, and I see the whole airport process as just another day in the office. And to be truthful, I don't always want to be bothered in the office. But what I realized after reading your article is that I was missing out on opportunities to meet new people and make traveling less mundane. So the next day on my return trip, I made the very conscious and purposeful decision to shut my phone off during the entirety of the flight. What happened next was nothing short of miraculous. A woman kindly asked to take the seat next to me and a conversation struck. We talked about our jobs, our hobbies, our families. We quickly found out that we were connected by six degrees of separation to quite a few people. After getting to know each other for the duration of the two-hour flight, my new friend, Mollie, and I exchanged information, and, because we both live in Colorado, set a date to connect with each other in the coming weeks. Thank you for filling your magazine with such life-changing stories. I can honestly say that without reading your article, I would have buried my face in my smartphone, business as usual, and missed out on meeting a truly great person. - LY R A R E P P L I N G E R CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO We have had the best conversations that way-and have found it the best possible excuse for playing hooky. (INTER)PERSONAL PROBLEM It was very therapeutic to read about the experience of author Steve Almond in "Connection Error." Thanks to social media, the unpredictability and complexity of social interaction have been reduced to a series of virtual "likes" or short, http://www.southwest.com http://www.facebook.com/spiritmag http://www.facebook.com/spiritmag http://www.twitter.com/spiritmagazine http://www.twitter.com/spiritmagazine http://www.instagram.com/spiritmagazine http://www.instagram.com/spiritmagazine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - June 2014

Spirit Magazine - June 2014
Set your sights on Atlanta
Gary’s Greeting
Gary’s Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
Freedom Story
From the Editor
Your Words
Your Pictures
Eat Drink Sleep
Create a stir with Sriracha
Try a Midwest take on crab cakes
Wise Guide
Spice up small talk
Learn about a little bird
Hop over hurdles
Ask for expert opinions
Size up adjustableheight desks
Follow Your Nose
Scents & Sensibility
Your Adventure In Galveston
Promotional Series: Spirit of Music City
Craft a critter at a snail’s pace
Community Outreach
Products & Services
Flight Service
Terminal Maps
Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards Partners
Route Map
The “If” List
Get to know Gabrielle Union

Spirit Magazine - June 2014