For a few stressful moments last week, the passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 thought that pilot Chelsey B. Sullenberger's words, "Brace for impact," might be the last that they would ever hear. If you have never survived a harrowing moment on the edge between life and death, then let these now famous words be your guide to start living the life you want today.
Some might say that the passengers cheated death or that each person on that plane got a second chance. These philosophies may or may not be true, we can never really know the greater purpose. More importantly, the message is that no one person can rely on "tomorrow." Philip Vera Cruz asked, "If not you, then who, if not now, then when?" to question the impact you are making on your own life and that of others.
We can use our spectator status of the passengers' experience as a blinking neon reminder of how life can change in an instant. Is the light flashing for you to move toward your dreams, goals, and aspirations? Not sure what they are anymore? Take the precious time you have now to figure it out because, like it or not, one day we will all be pushing up daisies. As the country prepares for a new beginning tomorrow, brace for impact of the new life you are beginning today.
If there was ever a moment in your life when you believed you were hearing the last words you would ever hear but lived to tell about it, how did it change your life?
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