Sharing Good Ideas

Aug. 25, 2019

Life is so precious while it is so easy to take for granted. You may be aware that my daughter, Tara, died early this year on January 5, 2019. She had mentioned numerous times that she believed I would outlive her. We often do not listen to off-the-cuff statements. They come back sometimes to haunt us. 

My sister sent this picture to me several weeks ago, suggesting she wanted it placed on Tara's tombstone. As I reflected on the past, it occurred to me how life contains many surprises, coincidences, and wonders. This picture was taken within a square yard of where I first met her mother in June of 1963. Had I been able to visualize the future, I wonder how wise I'd have been in playing my part in history. With such impossibility one lesson we might learn. Make the most of life while the opportunity is present. Within two months, one of my best friends, Patsy Andersen-Presley, lost her youngest son, Dustin. You may recall several previous posts concerning her on this website.

Regardless of how many times we meet and greet survivors of the one-way street of death, no words have been discovered to satisfy our wishes. The only way to fully be relevant and honor the dead is to serve the living with our best. That will be the criteria of final judgment.

Aug. 11, 2019

Imposing models speak well of the builders. The locomotive in the accompanying photo is a 1/48 scale model. That's the same scale as the two boxcars (Canadian National and Great Northern) on the "Arts and Crafts" page.

Jul. 30, 2019

After a long-anticipated trip with my brother, we returned from the Oshkosh trip. Always unexpected aircraft and events await the over half-million crowd. I had never been to the yearly event, but as always, positive things happen when one travels. It's been said that world travel for two years is like a four-year college course because of things learned.

Earlier (March 4, 2019) you may have noticed the story of Giles' homebuilt airplane. We visited the Sonex factory where the kit was designed and marketed for a private build. One event especially attracted my attention. The Blue Angels made two or three passes over the airport in Oshkosh. Here are some lessons in life and reminders. 

  • Be ready for an opportunity. The only chance makes the unprepared look ridiculous. With an iPhone in hand, why not grab a moment in time. With modern technology, we can immediately delete a photo. The accompanying photo is of the famous precision military flying team.
  • Be quick. Only seconds are available for an opportunity like this. This fact is one reason for hanging around an airport. The chance to experience any event is so fleeting yet often so memorable. Like life itself, you have one chance. Make the most of it. Live in the moment.
  • Ignore senseless controversy. Remember July 4, 2019, about our President's military parade? Trump made it clear before the 2016 election that we need a strong military so strong that no one would want to mess with us? Let that soak in. Government based upon fair principles for human welfare is Biblical as the powers that be bear not the sword in vain (Romans 13). 
  • Dispell myths. Often we may hear, "practice makes perfect." That's not necessarily so. Aren't we all practicing? Are we perfect? Only perfect practice makes perfect.
  • Be thankful. Some of the most valuable things in life are free, such as the air we breathe, love of friends and family, and life itself. Money cannot replace these. 

Overall the trip was meaningful and profitable. My motive was more profound than to experience the Nation's number one airshow. My real motive was to experience quality time with my brother!

 

Jul. 16, 2019

There are times in life when things do not go our way. With the right attitude, even bad times can be better if you are still alive, that is. Today I was reminded of the loss of John F Kennedy, Jr and revisited my tribute one year ago. You can review it too by clicking "Older" in the bottom right of this page to scroll back to this date last year.

With every person and their story, there is something we can learn to make our own lives and the lives of others better. The story is there for our learning.

I cannot forget the pivotal moment when John should have called a "No-Go" on that fateful day when he crashed his plane, taking him, his wife, and her sisters' lives. I can imagine the pressure he faced knowing the importance of getting to a much-anticipated wedding, especially on the part of his wife and sister-in-law. How do you call off plans like this? 

A good pilot knows that you have to be aware of the weather since planes go where the weather happens. We are taught in aviation training to do a 180 when facing bad weather. Any time you have an essential trip, you should not be a victim of what you cannot control. With today's sophisticated system for planning for uncertainty, we have a fortune on our hands. Ask ourselves some intelligent questions such as, "should we leave early?" "Is there a plan B or plan C?" Timing, along with intelligent decision making, could have prevented the Kennedy tragedy.

Proper planning in all critical areas of life takes a little time, but the rewards can be the difference in life and death. Yes, and that means saying "no" to the ones we love for the sake of love. 

Always remember the responsibility of the one in charge. He or she in charge must take charge. I have believed for a long time that commercial pilots deserve an impenetrable barrier for the cabin of the aircraft since they are the brains of the machine. We can apply the same principle to life in general, can't we?

Jul. 7, 2019

After posting an ad on my Maxous account a few days ago, a great discovery was made which should pique your interest. You may have noticed on this website a link to the website wwww.earlnightingale.com on the "Coming Soon" page. The ad contained a picture of the rare Winners Notebook for which interested persons might search for availability by contacting the site. The discovery was a real bonus for those who are interested in having great and productive ideas sent to their inbox by subscribing to "Earl's Daily Secrets" if you submit your name and email address.

Earl's widow, Diana, continues the legacy of the "Dean of Personal Development." Most people I meet who hear the name, Earl Nightingale, have stored in their memory a familiarity with the name and exposure to some of the over 7000 short radio programs syndicated across America and other free Countries before 1989. Although his voice had a huge impact, just reading the short scripts adds another dimension to learning and meditating on ideas to make us come alive in our "holiday on earth" as Earl calls it. 

Availability of the unique book pictured in the ad is not yet clear as it is not advertised on the site. By contacting and conversing with Diana, I was able to purchase a few copies several years ago. Not all goodies are natural finds because of limited supply.

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