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    PACKING YOUR PARACHUTE

    Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet 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 6 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 had 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 at 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 they
    need to make it through the day. He 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 people who pack
    your parachutes.
    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sigpic

  • #2
    HMM GETS YOU THINKING BUT I WOULD KISK THE GUYS ASS WHO FIRED THE BLOODY MISSILE RATHER THAN BE NICE TO THE GUY PACKING SOMETHING I DONT WANT EVER TO NEED
    LOL

    I SEE YOUR POINT THOUGH AND IT IS VERY DEEP.


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    • #3
      Good Stuff

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      • #4
        Very cool!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DudeMan
          I WOULD KISK THE GUYS ASS
          I sense some abivolence there. :D Did you mean to type a CK or SS?

          I also sense much RAGE.
          Wintermute

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Wintermute
            Originally posted by DudeMan
            I WOULD KISK THE GUYS ASS
            I sense some abivolence there. :D Did you mean to type a CK or SS?

            I also sense much RAGE.
            I thought the same thing...
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            • #7
              yeah actually alot of rage.

              through recent reads of the forumns and seeing blaitant lies.


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              • #8
                Wouldn't be N42 if there wasn't an anti post, so.....

                I should be grateful to the people who mould my car tyres, without them I could lose control and skid into a ditch...

                Tis' a nice story, very motivational, but very cheesey too, is this actually true or is it one of those motivational fiction reports?

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                • #9
                  SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOU HEAR ON THE gOD chANNEL


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                  • #10
                    Nice post Panz, thanks!
                    New to TG?

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