[January 20, 2024] A good friend, a Vietnam Veteran, passed a story along to me yesterday. I was about a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam who was shot down, captured and spent six years in a Communist Vietnamese prison. His name is Charles Plumb, and he wrote about by asking, who’s packing your parachute?
One day, this retired pilot was sitting at a restaurant when a man came up and said, “You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!” Astounded by this man’s knowledge, Charles asked the man how he knew that. The man said, “I packed your parachute.”
Charles couldn’t sleep that night trying to figure out who this man was. He thought that maybe he had seen the man but not even said “Good morning, how are you?” or anything. Besides, Charles was a Navy officer pilot, and this guy was just a sailor. Sometimes, you put your life in the hands of people you don’t even know or maybe don’t even appreciate.
Charles now travels and gives lectures. He asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Many folks provide us with what we need to make it through the day. Moving through life, sometimes we miss those who are essential. Charles’ message is to recognize those people who pack your parachutes.
Who’s packing your parachute?
NOTE: More information on this article can be found in a Forbes article (link here) dated November 18, 2015. My article’s thumbnail is from this article and has the same name.
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