Who Packed Your Parachute?
This morning I heard one of the most inspiring stories to date… It grabbed my heart, mind and caused me to go into action.
You may have heard it before… But try to do your best to take 5 minutes of your time to read it, think about it, and take action immediately after… I guarantee you’ll never be the same!
Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions off the USS Kitty Hawk, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile on his 76th mission.
Although his plane was destroyed, Plumb was able to eject in time and parachute 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 man and the 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?”
This story touched me so much I couldn’t help but pick up the phone and immediately give thanks and gratitude to people in my life that have packed my parachute.
With the craziness of life, our jobs, kids, family, financial woes, or whatever… Always keep in perspective the positive things in your life. Oftentimes we miss what’s really important. We don’t say hello to the person next to us in the elevator, or thank the server with gratitude at our favorite restaurant. Maybe just do something nice for someone for no apparent reason or go out of your way to give a compliment to your co-worker or employee.
Whatever it may be… Always be aware of your surroundings, the blessings in your life and always remember – You didn’t get to where you are alone… People have helped you along the way!
As you go through this day, this week, this month, this year, please don’t forget to recognize people who pack your parachute.
Angel L. Rivera
I’m originally from the Northwest side of Chicago and currently reside in
Sunny San Diego, Ca, w/ my wife and 2 amazing kids! I’m a Navy Veteran, ex-Pro Salsa Dancer, Club Promoter and 3x Studio Owner turned Life Performance Trainer, Network Marketer, Author, Vlogger and Entrepreneur! I started from the bottom and worked my way to the top with purpose driven passion, a tenacious attitude, a whole lot of faith and the determination to never give up! I’ve been mentored by the best speakers and trainers on the planet and my mission is to Inspire, Empower & Transform emerging entrepreneurs into their greatest human potential. I accomplish this via one on one coaching, Masterminds, Inspire To Win Online courses, Inspire To Win Podcast and my live event “Inspire To Win Live”.