The Parachute, An Inspirational Story

Good morning to everyone! It is almost noon time in our place. The first thing I opened and read this morning is this very inspirational story that was forwarded to my inbox by Mountainwings. I was touched by the story. Sometimes we are are unaware that there are some people who help us but we did not even recognize it. It might be our parents, friends, husband, our former classmates, co-employees or just a person around the corner who showed us the way. I am so sorry if I fail to do it sometimes. At least, I keep on trying! here is the story..feel free to visit Mountainwings for more inspiration stories. Have a blessed Sunday to all!

The Parachute?
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Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate,
was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam.

After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist
Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from
that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.
You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.
“I packed your parachute,” the man replied.

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!”

Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man.

Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers.

I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said “Good morning,” “How are you?” or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time, the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?”

Everyone has someone who provides what he or she needs to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory — he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute.

He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has
happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize those people who pack your parachute.

 
 

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