Written by Krishna Khanna Category: Inspiring Life
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Contributed By Anita Mathias

Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb managed to eject and parachute safely into enemy hands. But unfortunately he was captured And spent 6 long years in a communistVietnamese 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. And you were shotdown !"

"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.
"Sir, I packed your parachute," the man replied.
Plumb gasped in total surprise and with gratitude.
The man pumped his hand and said, "I guess it worked!"
Plumb assured him, "It sure did. Because if your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, he kept 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 like that, because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor." Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor must have had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, and holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, "Who's packing your parachute?"

All of us have someone who provide(s) us With what we need to make itthrough 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 out what is really important.

We may fail to say "Hello!", "Please", "Excuse Me", or "Thank You!";

We simply forget to congratulate someone On something wonderful that has happened to him or her;
Or lend a helping hand when someone is in need of help;
Or give words of encouragement when someone is in pain or down with grief;
Or give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.
As you go through your life this week, this month, this year,

Do recognize people who "pack your parachute".

And I am sending you this message 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!