Who packs your parachute?

Thanks to all parashoot packers.

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.

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!

So my friend, next time when you get a joke, don’t think that
you’ve been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you’ve
been thought of today and your friend on the other end of
your computer wanted to send you a smile, just helping you pack
your parachute……..

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Barry Blomkamp Nd. Bsc (UL)
Professional Public Speaker, Trainer and Corporate Entertainer,
Motivational speaker, Guest & Key note speaker, Seminar &
Conference speaker, Team Builder, Comedian, Master of Ceremonies,

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