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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!

Welcome to the first day of Spring. It doesn't feel like spring here in Tennessee it feels more like summer... 9:20 pm and it's 73... that's just too hot for us this time of year.

I'm sitting here tonight thinking about what to write. I've watched American Idol... Melinda Doolittle just absolutely stole the show... in my opinion she is the next American Idol...

A girl from work sent me this e-mail today... and I ask you..

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 had 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 at 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. He 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 parachutes.

I am sending you this as my way of thanking you for your part in packing my parachute.

Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word. Maybe this could explain it: When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do -- you forward jokes. And to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get? A forwarded joke.

So my friends, next time when you get a joke, don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile, just helping you pack your
parachute.......
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 9:20 PM


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Blogger Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said ... (3/20/2007 10:02 PM) : 

hi dixie honey. it's too hot already? sigh, sorry. it's always hot here but i don't mind. i like it hot.

smiles, bee

 

Blogger Bond said ... (3/20/2007 11:03 PM) : 

GREAT POST dixie...
and I moved here because I want the warm weather

 

Anonymous Emmie said ... (3/21/2007 4:25 AM) : 

Wow that's pretty hot. It's nice isn't it? Just make sure you stay hydrated and protected from the sun Dixie.

 

Blogger Piacere said ... (3/21/2007 5:31 AM) : 

I'll pack your parachute ANYTIME, sweetie!!!! SMOOCH!!!!

And stay cool...pretty much the same here in VA, but we've hit a slight cooling trend on the first day of spring (it's only going to be in the 50's). I hate to wish away time, but I can't wait 'til it's over...DAMN POLLEN!!!!

HSGR!!

 

Blogger AMAZING GRACIE said ... (3/21/2007 4:47 PM) : 

I just told Desert Songbird - she had a real hot spell, too - I hate it when we skip spring! We've cooled back down again and have had some rain, thank goodness!!!
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I've read the parachute story before and it is so important! The last job I had involved working closly with our custodians (I reserved our meeting rooms). I was absolutely dumbfounded by the secretaries that treated them as personal "gofers." The funny thing was that the majority of the custodians made more than the secretaries that tried to boss them around! That kind of better-than-thou attitude absolutely stinks!
Thanks for the kind notes you've left for me. I hope you and all of your family defeat the onslaught of germies. Keep spraying that Lysol!
~~~Blessings~~~

 

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