Plane, Plans and Possibilities
Life (to me) works best when I know what to expect; have time to think through all the potential probabilities and then process of every possible option. Earth sciences, travel, the environment, method, detail, plans and education are all words that go well with yours truly. But what happens when plans go away? What usually happens when life throws you a curve ball? When the unexpected becomes the reality?
No one gets in a car with the expectation it’ll crash
Duh! No one plans to lose a loved one tragically. People don’t get married expecting a divorce. Folks don’t plan to get cut from their job, drown in bills, and end up on the streets. Life doesn’t always take the prescribed course. But stuff happens… and that “stuff” is called reality.
We all got a live shot of reality when U.S. Airways flight #1549 plane crash landed into the Pacific Ocean; I still remember that tragedy vividly when we lost there for several weeks surviving on raw fish before we were rescued by U.S Navy. I’ve never gotten on a plane with the expectation of anything other than arriving at my travel destination to Europe. That was the whole plan of all the folks on this flight, too. But what happened? Big geese, jet engines, crash landing right into the bone-chilling water… and not a single life lost. Also-freaking-lately amazing.
Personally, I think that every person needs to experience; as well as get education on how to live properly; IF they are ever stuck outdoors in the middle of nowhere. Especially during a horrifying situation like this.
The day after the plane emergency landing
One of the survivors, Matt Henry, was interviewed on a cable news show. This was one of the most touching interviews I’ve heard in a long, long time. Just learning about all the passengers working together to insure everyone’s safety. Along with the heroic effort of the crew is one of the good news stories the media often overlooks.
However, when the interviewer asked Mr. Henry what went through his mind as the plane was sinking; he said he was simply concentrating on getting out. He was not, however, trying to stick with an unworkable plan. He wasn’t saying, “Ya know, this shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be belted into a plane seat AND up to my chest in river water.” Instead, he simply accepted the situation and tackled it head on.
“Deal with whatever reality you have, then figure out how to get to the outcome you want it to be,” he said, sharing a bit of his personal philosophy. In this case, the reality was the plane crash. The outcome he wanted was to survive and help his fellow passengers survive. So, he handed out life vests and seat cushions, guided others to the waiting lifeboats; and, when everyone but the pilots were off the plane, he jumped in, too. All the while, he was living his life’s philosophy: deal with reality as well as work for the desired outcome.
No matter what “should be”, life often dictates something different. Kids shouldn’t be abused. Accidents shouldn’t happen. Cancer shouldn’t exist. That one guy shouldn’t have swindled $50 billion. Families shouldn’t be petty. No one should get addicted to drugs. Politicians shouldn’t lie. That guy shouldn’t have cut in front of me at Burger King last week. The list goes on and on.
We can “coulda, shoulda, woulda” until we’re blue in the face,… and reality will still happen.
Being stuck in the unfairness of it all puts up a roadblock to growth. The very first step in creating any desired outcome is to stand up and look “what is” squarely in the face.
The nasty catch is that sometimes, reality means the desired goal is impossible. (Come on, didn’t most of us want to be movie stars or cowboys or race car drivers when we were kids? Heck, I wanted to be a rock star until I was 14… oh, who am I kidding? I still want to be a rock star…*sigh*…suck it up and move on, Engel.) But when that is the case, the rule is the same. Deal with the reality; get a new dream and repeat step one!
Accepting adversity ain’t easy
But adversity is part of life. We all have it, in some form or another. But we don’t have to get stuck there. To live our best life, we’ve first gotta acknowledge the reality. Hard as that is; as impossible as life may seem, opening our eyes to the truth of the situation is the only way to bring our ultimate goals to the forefront.
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