April 27, 2011

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Ric Elias had the extraordinary opportunity of facing certain death, and living. He was in seat 1A on the US Airways flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson River in 2009.

Why was this an opportunity? Because during those moments prior to the plane landing, when he thought he would die, Ric realised some profound insights that he used to change his life for the better and make a difference to the people around him.

Ric came away with three insights worth taking on:

1. It all changes in an instant. Life is fundamentally uncertain and urgent. So don't wait. Collect only bad wine. If the wine is good and the people are there. Open it.

2. Get rid of negativity in your life. Choose to be happy versus being right. (You may also notice other points of view have merit)

3. Family matters more than anything else in our lives. Be a better partner, parent, sibling, friend. 

So, those things you say you'll do some day? That's today. Now. 

Very few people face life-challenging moments and live. Even fewer use those events to make positive changes. You can easily recognise the ones who do.

They're wearing jet skis.