Probably to no surprise, this episode is profound in many ways and personally helped me approach the smaller moments in my day to day life in a different way.
What do I mean? Our guest is Dave Sanderson. Dave was one of 155 passengers and crew to all survive “The Miracle on the Hudson”, United Flight 1549 as it crashed into the Hudson River back in 2009. As you know, the details of the extraordinary event were made into the Hollywood movie, Sully.
Our guest became the last passenger off of the plane and from take off to crash landing was only 6 minutes. Dave details what he was going through mentally and emotionally 60 seconds, 90 seconds, 120 seconds prior to hitting the water, literally seeing his life flash before his eyes, having to accept the worst case scenario.
This conversation allowed me to consider what I would do, in any tragic circumstance, if I knew my life was coming to an end in the next few minutes.
Would I be comfortable with my life choices? Would I be comfortable with how all relationships are left? Would I be comfortable with the person I have been?
Asking myself these questions has allowed me to deliberately and consciously live in the present in every small moment.
You know life is precious. Tragedy occurs at any time and often without warning. Life can change in a split second. It did that day for Dave. He’s been given a second chance.
Ask yourself those difficult questions about your own actions, your own choices, and your own relationships. If tragedy struck and it all was coming to an in the next few minutes, could you right now make peace with that? It’s never too late to change old habits or patterns that no longer serve you.
I hope this discussion with Dave helps you make the better choices like it did for me. Here we go...