We don’t absorb aphorisms as esoteric wisdom; we test them against our own experience. The empirical test of the aphorism takes the form first of laughter and then of longevity, and its confidential tone makes it candid, not cynical.
Source: The Art of Aphorism
After 10 years of business travel, this is how I cope at the airport:
- You’ll get there, even if you’re late.
- Don’t worry about lines, just wait in them.
- Few people know what they’re doing here, don’t let their stress stress you out.
- There are no special snowflakes, unless you have a doctor’s note.
- The word of airline staff is law, you can’t argue against the agent of the FAA.
- Relax and walk slow.
- If you want a better experience, pay more or pay your dues.
When in doubt, and even if it contradicts the above, you can always:
- Move fast and get out of the way.