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Life is a gift

On January 15, 2009, an aircraft carrying 155 people lost both its engines seconds after take off. There was no way it was going to be able to land on a runway. Or, even any ground.

Ric Elias was one of the passangers on that flight.

He remembers the three words from the pilot: "Brace for impact."

Ric realized 3 important truths as his flight was heading down for a crash landing in New York City.

"I learned that all changes in an instant. We have this bucket list, we have these things we have to do in life. I no longer want to postpone anything in life. And that urgency, that purpose, has really changed my life.

The second thing I learned that day...I regretted the time I wasted on things that did not matter with people that matter - I decided to eliminate negative energy from my life. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better. I've not had a fight with my wife in two years. It feels great. I no longer try to be right; I chose to be happy.

The third thing I learned...Above all, above all, the only goal I have in life is to be a good dad."

Less than four minutes after its engine shut off midflight, Flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River. All 155 people onboard that flight escaped alive.

Facing death is scary, but it gives the clarity that is hard to obtain in any other way. It reminds us of the preciousness of life. It reminds us of the gift of each day.

Imagine you are on that flight right now. What would be your 3 most important truths?

~Peace out, beautiful human ~

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