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Archive for June 19th, 2011

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

If you have not discovered TED talks yet, I highly recommend you check out TED.com. These are talks of 18 minutes or less, which are informative and often incredibly inspiring.

When I need a boost, I can go to TED’s home page, search by subject, and find something that makes me believe in humanity again. What a service to the world!

It’s Father’s Day, at least in the USA. My father died in 1973 and thus I find this day rather difficult, even now.  This photo was taken just a few years before he died. (Does anyone notice I’m wearing turquoise in this photo, circa 1971? I’m consistent, anyway.)

However, I celebrate the many dads in my life, who light up and smile when I ask them about their kid(s). These men do not make the news. It seems only the sprinkling of unwell/damaging fathers get press, and that makes me sad.

The 5 minute talk by Ric Elias (a passenger on the plane that was crash-landed in the Hudson River near New York City, in 2009), recalls the time he thought he would die very soon, and what his thoughts were at that time. He explains how his life has changed since that time. It’s a good view at any time, but perhaps most appropriate on Fathers Day.

“I no longer try to be right. I choose to be happy.”

“Above all, the only goal I have in life is to be a great Dad.”

I hope you view this one, and then explore the website for more inspiration (many talks are also available as .MP3 podcasts through iTunes as well). It’s worth your time, guaranteed.

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