✏️ New Blog Post on How to Manage Your Emotions. I detail the latest psychology and personal experience on how to better protect against negative emotions.
Charles Plumb was a U.S. fighter pilot back in Vietnam. After completing 75 combat missions, his plane got shot down and he ejected and parachuted into enemy territory. He then spent the next six years in a Vietnamese prison.
One day, a man came up to him at a restaurant and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
Plumb was confused and asked how the man knew about that. “I packed your parachute,” the man replied.
The man then shook his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him it had and said, “If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Plumb spent the night thinking about that man, thought about what he might have looked like when he was a young man in the Navy, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks in each chute. He wondered how many times he might of seen him in passing without recognizing how this man played a pivotal role in allowing him and many others to be alive.
Charles Plumb has since become a motivational speaker, and asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. In the daily challenges that we are faced in live, we sometimes miss what is most important. We may fail to acknowledge somebody, to say thank you, to give a compliment.
So the next time a friend forwards you an article you already read, a joke you found more annoying than funny, perhaps just say thank you, because they were helping to pack your parachute.
🍺 to a great week ahead!