Today I made a comment to some of my co-workers. It is something that I have been thinking about for the past few weeks for some reason. I have been thinking about it for so long now that I don’t remember where I first heard it, or what first made me think of it. The comment is “Don’t open the parachute until you leave the plane”.

Now I am no expert on jumping out of air planes and definitely not parachuting. I leave that to the experts, like my brother. Every time I see a movie, or look at pictures, the parachute is never open inside the plane. Go ahead, Google parachutes and look at the pictures, all of the ones with the chutes open are outside the plane. You have to jump out first, then open the chute. Some of you I may have already lost, and others of you may think I have fallen off of the cart by this point but here is what I have been thinking about this comment. So many times in our lives we try to open up the parachute or pull on the emergency break before the emergency is even happening. We think that our plane may possibly or could possibly go down, so we pull the parachute. When in reality it is just a warning light going off, nothing to draw cause to abandoning ship just yet. I like to think of myself as a glass half full kind of guy. So I try to look at all situations and keep a positive outcome. And like my granddad always says, “why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” But then there is a second part to this comment. Sometimes you do have to jump out of the airplane. You are going down in flames. That is when the moments of sheer panic sweep across your body. This is when are minds may not always be working properly. And you may need the reminder. Take a deep breath. Jump. Then open the parachute. Don’t open it inside the plane.

So whether you are trying to jump out when there is no emergency. Take a step back and look and ask yourself is this really an emergency, or are there just some warning lights going off? Or you are already going down in flames? Remember, Don’t open the parachute until you leave the plane. Happy landings!

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