Friday, April 22, 2011

any last thoughts?

I was flying into Newark last month during a terrible wind storm. There were ground delays in Chicago, we knew about the storm in Newark, but all I cared about was not missing my international connection.

Upon our attempt to land, the plane was tossed and bounced around. Our first attempt at landing was pulled up, and our pilot said we were going to approach from a new direction. We circled a bit and tried to land again... more bouncing, more tossing... We pulled up again, more dramatically. On our third attempt to land, everyone was very quiet. The flight attendants looked concerned; some people were praying... and I thought, "I wish I had been a better mother." That was it. My only regret was that I should have been a better mother.

... we landed safely, and I ran to catch my connection to Barcelona.

And, yet, I still hold onto what I thought was my final thought, "I wish I had been a better mother."
Hopefully, what I've learned from that day is that when my 'real' final thought arrives I will be able to say, "I've done my best."

Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed
(click here if the video doesn't show below)


  1. This made me tear up when I read it... really? a better mom? not possible. Then again, I'm not a mom. I suppose you think you can always be better... or just do your best :)
    btw, the TED video was great!

  2. You can only do your best, it's the most any of us can do. It's good to know you did your best :-)