Who is Packing Your Parachute?


Wing Commander Abhinandan is an Indian Air Force Fighter pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely.

After his release from Pakistan one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said “Are you Wing Commander Abhinandan who fly fighter plane? You were shot down recently by Pakistani Army!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Abhinandan.

“I packed your parachute,” the man smiled and replied.

Abhinandan gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Abhinandan couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man.

He wondered how many times he might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker.

Who is packing YOUR parachute?

Remember, YOU too have someone who provides what you need to make it through the day.

YOU need many kinds of parachutes – the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, and the spiritual parachute. YOU call on all these supports before reaching your destination safely.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives, YOU miss what is really important.

YOU may fail to say hello, please, or thank you. YOU may fail to congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize the people who pack your parachute and be grateful to them. Appreciate their efforts to ensure your safety.

May God bless you!