WHO PACKS YOUR PARACHUTE?

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  1. inplanotx

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    Mesen
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    (3/1/02 7:35:52 pm)
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    WHO PACKS YOUR PARACHUTE?
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    I got this the other day from a friend of mine in the VFW. A little food for thought.


    Who Packs Your Parachute?

    Charles Plumb was a US 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 reaching 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!

    IF YOU VALUE YOUR FREEDOM, THANK A VET!

    high2fly
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    (3/2/02 6:57:04 am)
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    A wonderful thought Mesen--haven't seen your name in such a long time---how is life in the deep, dark woods of Missouri? Do you still do the food service work and how are the troops faring on that nurishing military chow? When I see their happy, smiling faces they seem very well-fed. Thanks for sharing the 'chute story. Wilborn

    Mesen
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    (3/2/02 11:39:30 am)
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    Hey chief
    working at a trucking co. now and spend all day on the computer. The commute got too much to the fort when they locked it down. was traveling approx. 100-125 miles a day to and from work. Joined the VFW and now they are keeping me busy also so.....But when I saw that I knew I had to share. Hope all is well with those here.

    Bree
    IF YOU VALUE YOUR FREEDOM, THANK A VET!

    hope6970
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    (3/13/02 4:13:07 pm)
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    Mesen, as you can see I am a little tad late with this one...

    Thanks for that post and if you have some extra time from that truck stop, you just might stop by here and give us a visit when you can. Especially with those VFW stories..lol

    Hope