Who packed your parachute?
The first in-person motivational speaker I saw was Captain Charlie Plumb. I've forgotten many of the details of his story of being shot down during a mission, but not his question, Who packed your parachute?
As I've reflected on his story over the years, I've wondered who stitched his parachute. After all, a well-packed parachute with weak stitching may not work well enough.
Mindfulness meditation is like slowly stitching a parachute for your life.
Living mindfully is challenging because there's no immediate or noticeable reward - it's the ultimate long game play in a quick-fix world. The benefits come over time with consistently shaping a new way of being - which is essential since we are human beings, not human doings.
Over time it not only changes our mindsets but the wholeness of our bodies as validated by science and I dig science.
As we take on this mission called life, we plan for success. Every day in conference rooms across this big blue marble, folks share how their plans will be successful. I did it and continue to do so. Hey, we're optimistic.
But sometimes we may need a parachute. To think otherwise is to roll the dice. And yes, it's vital to have those around you who know how to pack it for you, but ultimately, it's how we choose to be that slowly stitches our parachute into something worth packing.