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WITandWISDOM(tm) – November 22, 2007
"The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on our gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool." - William Bolitho
Source: Maximum Impact, http://www.maximumimpact.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
This past week I was on a four and a half hour, non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Atlanta, Georgia. In all my years of traveling, I have learned that each time a plane has the opportunity to stop, there is potential for unexpected challenges. Flight delays, weather and airline crews can create unanticipated challenges on any trip. Therefore, I always try to fly non-stop between my destinations.
About an hour into this particular flight, the Captain's voice rang over the intercom. He asked if there was a physician or nurse on the plane. If so, he asked them to identify themselves by ringing the flight attendant call button beside their seat.
I listened carefully but heard no one ring their bell. I immediately began to wonder what was happening. In a few minutes, the Captain informed us that there was a medical emergency onboard and asked again if there was a physician or a nurse who could help.
When there was no response, we were told that we were going to make an emergency stop in Denver, Colorado. He apologized but told us that there would be a medical emergency team waiting to meet us at the gate, and that we would probably only be delayed by about thirty minutes. Though it was necessary, we knew we would all be inconvenienced by the extra stop.
About half an hour later, we landed at Denver International Airport and the medical crew immediately came on board. However, everything took longer than had previously been expected. An elderly gentleman, about 85 years old, had suddenly taken ill. It was not clear whether he had experienced a stroke or a heart attack.
Even after the gentleman was carried off of the plane, we still sat there for quite a while. The original "short" stop turned into about an hour and a half. When we finally pushed back from the gate and were in the air, the pilot apologized profusely for the unavoidable delay. He said that since the stop had taken longer than expected, those passengers who needed to make connections in Atlanta would miss their flights, but would automatically be booked on the next flight out.
You could almost hear the moans and groans throughout the airplane of everyone who was being inconvenienced by the unexpected stop. Then the pilot did one of the classiest things I have personally ever seen or heard anyone do. He spoke into the intercom and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I thought you might be interested in one bit of information. The elderly gentleman who was taken off the plane was a Marine in WWII.
I am holding in my hand a copy of the Congressional Medal of Honor that was awarded to him and signed by President Harry Truman in 1945." The pilot went on to say, "I realize that we have all been inconvenienced today. However, in light of the fact that this gentleman was a war hero and was inconvenienced for four years of his life in order that we might experience the freedoms that we enjoy today, I thought you all should know that."
Immediately, the airplane was filled with applause. Everyone was cheering and so pleased to know that the gentleman had been cared for in a way that was fitting and appropriate.
As we continued to fly, I thought to myself, "Isn't that interesting? We were concerned that we were inconvenienced for a couple of hours, and yet this gentleman's entire life was interrupted and inconvenienced for over four years while he went and fought in a war to protect the freedoms and values that we love and hold dear in this country today."
I breathed a prayer for the gentleman and asked God to bless him for all he had done to help us understand what freedom is all about.
"History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Submitted by June Smith
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I heard a story recently about a young girl who wrote a letter to a missionary to let him know that her class had been praying for him. But evidently she'd been told not to request a response to her letter because the missionaries were very busy. So the missionary got a kick out of her letter.
It said, "Dear Mr. Missionary, we are praying for you. But we are not expecting an answer."
- Author Unknown
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
An 18-year-old woman escaped from a German prison by hiding in the suitcase of another inmate when she was released.
Steffi Krause escaped when her 19-year-old accomplice was released from the youth prison in Neustadt am Ruebenberge.
The prison wardens only noticed later in the evening when the other girl was not in her cell.
A spokesman has revealed that the only thing the wardens noticed during the 19-year-old's official leaving check from the prison was "that the suitcase was unusually heavy".
Police are still looking for the two teenagers.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com