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Wheels Up

“Flight attendants, please prepare for take-off.” We heard those words at 9:11p. The plane started moving then it stopped. We started moving in circles. Then we were still again. “We should be getting an update soon.” The plane was dark and cold. My only comfort was my cell phone and the text conversation I was having during this whole ordeal. All I wanted was to get home. At 11:25p, I again heard “Flight attendants, please prepare for take-off.” I was much more skeptical this second time around. Over the next several minutes, the plane rolled a little, then stopped. Made a semi-turn, then rested in a still position. Then finally, the wheels were up.

Imagine all of the thoughts I experienced in the two hours I sat on that plane awaiting take-off. Did I mention that my seat was in the middle of a three-seated row? I’m sure you’ve been here before. Perhaps you weren’t on a delayed flight. It’s the place where you thought things and situations in your life were moving forward. There was s…

The Iceberg of the Mind

Foundation was firm. Construction was cleared. Safety efforts were pre-determined to be satisfactory.

Any potential damage was sustainable, right? Wrong! On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank to the demise of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.
No one saw the potential impact coming. But there it was. Hidden out of plain view.
An iceberg.
An iceberg is a large piece of ice that has broken off from a glacier. Typically, only a very small portion of an iceberg’s volume is viewable above water. Accordingly, the heaviest portion of an iceberg is hidden below the surface.
There, in the hidden area, is where the potential for disaster lies.
After the Titanic sank in 1912, there were several outrages about how the incident was handled. However, one of the most noteworthy of them all is the fact that “the Titanic disaster may very well have been able to have been completely avoided had officers on ship paid heed to reports received earlier regarding the frozen waters they were approaching…