I was sent a thoughtful u-tube clip about the man sitting in seat 1D when the plane landed in the Hudson River. He described the three things that went through his mind. Then that evening I turned on tv and there was a clip on the survivors of the awful plane crash in South America and the impact it had on their lives and attitude to living. Two plane crash stories in one day!
Ric Elias spoke about how in those few minutes everything changes in an instance. He thought about all the people he cared about, the people he had hurt whom he wished he could fix it with. He explained he now collects bad wines. If you are there and there is wine it gets drunk – no more saving anything. He explained there is a new urgency in his life.
Two: he explained that he thought about the time he wasted on things that didn’t matter with people who did matter. As a result he focuses on eliminating negative energy. He focuses on being happy not being right.
Three: He noticed that dying wasn’t scary but that he was incredibly sad to be facing death. That he loved his life and his biggest regret was that he might not get to see his kids grow up.
How many parents have had that thought? Recently a leading businessman said he would give away all his millions for ten more minutes with his children.
Being someone who enjoys making connections, I thought hmm that is curious, two plane crash stories coming to my attention today. That made me think ’am I ready for my plane crash?’ As I went to sleep I thought to myself that it probably isn’t a bad approach to living. Sure helps one focus on what matters. Sure helps one think about what comes out of your mouth and whether it is what you want your last words to be! Sure helps you stop what you are doing to cook bacon when your 21 year old son comes down at 9.30 am and says can you cook me breakfast even though you are busy writing an article!
‘What really matters’ would be a great bumper sticker to help us all focus on now.
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