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Posted: 2/11/2002 7:05:21 AM EDT
Charles Plumb was a U.S. 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 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 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 teaching 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 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! Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word, maybe this could explain: When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? ---you forward jokes. And to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get? --- A forwarded joke. So my friend, next time if 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. Mike
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 7:30:23 AM EDT
I'm a parachte rigger, and all my work is guarenteed, if it don't work just bring it back and I'll give you another! [sniper]
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 7:34:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/11/2002 7:35:04 AM EDT by prk]
Nice story. I guess it wasn't my ship, because I think the riggers did their work on the 02 level, just below the flight deck, rather than down in the 'bowels of the ship'. Anyway, it gives you something to think about. Remember the old motivational movie, "I packed my own chute"?
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 7:45:02 AM EDT
Haze grey and underway......
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 9:13:16 AM EDT
When I was at boarding school one of the mean upperclassmen used to "pack my chute" so hard that I couldn't sit for days! I'll never forget him. In fact, I sent him a nice email just the other day.
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 9:25:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Special_Oly: When I was at boarding school one of the mean upperclassmen used to "pack my chute" so hard that I couldn't sit for days! I'll never forget him. In fact, I sent him a nice email just the other day.
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Be sure to put in a good word for me!!! [:P]
Link Posted: 2/11/2002 6:24:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BSME: I'm a parachte rigger, and all my work is guarenteed, if it don't work just bring it back and I'll give you another! [sniper]
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I Forget where I heard this: "Skydiving - if at first you don't succeed, maybe it's not the sport for you"
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