Thought for the day… - Posted by Ed Garcia
Posted by Ed Garcia on March 26, 2006 at 11:05:11:
Creonline, was originally established to share Real Estate information and help people.
Yes it sells REI product but much here is given for FREE. You the people who come on this board and help each other, giving your time and experienced opinions have no idea how you may have touched someone?s life on a decision that you helped them make.
I?d like to thank you for it.
That?s how I got involved with what I do today; I came and posted on a daily basis helping people. Some come here to post nonsense for their own self-gratification and recognition but they don?t last long. This board sometimes gets out of hand from time to time but it always finds it way back to its original destined creation. I want to thank you for being you and hope you find some value in this Thought for the day??
Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a 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 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 even 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.
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
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 parachute. I am sending you this as my way of thanking
you for your part in packing my parachute!!! And I hope you will send it on to those who have helped pack yours!