This post goes out to four very strong ladies who are flying through some very turbulent skies right now. They have shown enormous strength through these rough times and may they continue to flex their wings.
A very painful question asked by many people is, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I know I make a ton of analogies to aviation, however, please allow me even more so to use aviation to help explain my thoughts:
Aircraft manufacturers spend billions of dollars constructing passenger aircraft every year to provide a product to its clients and passengers that will fulfill the job. Each plane has an origin and destination. Flight plans must be made and safety measures must be carried out. To guide each plane along the way is a control tower (or centers) that watch every move of every aircraft on radar no matter the length of the flight. The towers know what type of aircraft are in the skies and what they are made of. Controllers wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) guide or vector and aircraft down a wrong direction or altitude to set it up for a mishap or worse, a crash.
Imagine we are all airplanes in an airport. What has cost to construct our lives is priceless. Just watch a newborn taking its first breaths into this world. We were constructed with flesh, blood, and a central nervous system which was tested to withstand many stressful times in our lives. Unfortunately, as we soar through life we encounter rough air, some times more turbulent than others. Unfortunately, some people encounter such heavy turbulence that it causes them to crash. Despite the fact we have mechanisms to resist it, it does put a lot of wear and tear on our bodies through stress. It is to our advantage that we have a control tower of sorts, handbooks, checklists, etc. through friends, communities, religious organizations that would never guide us down the wrong path even though they may advise us on something that we find totally not to our advantage at the time.
I’ve been told many times by certain people that bad times have great outcomes. They may not come at the time we want, however, if we remain strong, flex our wings, request from the control tower a different path or altitude, then we should see our final destinations through the strength we’ve endured.
Be strong through blue skies!