On Jan. 15, 2009, Gerry McNamara was on US Airways Flight 1549 that ditched in the Hudson River. Here is his account of the event … and our Words for the Week.
Among other things, he said, “There is a great deal to be learned including [from this experience]: Why has this happened to me? Why have I survived and what am I supposed to do with this gift?
“For me, the answers to these questions and more will come over time, but already I find myself being more patient and forgiving, less critical and judgmental.
“For now I have four lessons I would like to share:
“1). Cherish your families as never before, and go to great lengths to keep your promises.
“2). Be thankful and grateful for everything you have, and don’t worry about the things you don’t have.
“3). Keep in shape. You never know when you’ll be called upon to save your own life, or help someone else save theirs.
“4). When you fly, wear practical clothing. You never know when you’ll end up in an emergency or on an icy wing in flip flops and pajamas and of absolutely no use to yourself or anyone else.”
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t count the days, make the days count! — Muhammad Ali