Trust, Let Go, Listen

Aerobatic Plane"Oh my god. I'm going to die." 

It was her first two hour solo flight as a student pilot. She hadn't been in the air more than 30 minutes when suddenly the plane stalled and started spiraling downward. She panicked. Her heart was pounding so hard and loud that she could barely breathe. She saw the earth rushing toward her at a terrifying speed as she gripped the yoke and tried in vain to pull the plane up.

Then she remembered the words of her instructor. "Sue, if you ever stall, completely let go of the controls, take your hands OFF the yoke, sit back and listen. You will hear a sound change when the plane stops spiraling. It will then right itself and you can take the controls back."

Every instinct in her body said, "No! That can't be right! Don't let go! Force the plane to do what you want it to do!" But in spite of her fear, panic and the death grip she had on the controls, she let go. She released. She took a deep breath, folded her arms across her chest and dove head first into a sea of complete trust.  And she listened. She listened for all she was worth.

After what seemed like a lifetime, she heard it. The sound. The magical, beautiful engine sound that told her the plane was recovering. She felt it begin to correct itself and saw the horizon return to its rightful place. Her relief at that moment was almost unbearable as she once again firmly grasped the controls in her hands. She was safe.

Trust. Let go. Listen. Powerful lessons for life.

From your motivational speaker Linda Larsen


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. What a beautiful beautiful story. I hope you include that in your motivational speeches. It's truly powerful, as is the message behind it. And so true. I think goes along with the mantra that feelings don't mean more than truth. Just because we feel it,doesn't necessarily make it true. In this case, your pilot felt that she should make a different choice – but her instructor had given her a truth that trumps feelings. What a powerful message – especially for people like me who have a  really hard time being quiet and listening! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Wow, this is a beautiful story!  It resonates with me especially since my mantra for 2013 is to let go.  Thanks for the reminder, this is priceless!

  3. Yowza!  My breathing go really shallow reading that story!  If Sue could do that in such a dire situation then we can certainly do that in our mundane lives.  Wonderful mantra from a wonderful motivational speaker!

  4. Beautiful, compelling story filled with so many messages. Wow! Just like Sue's incredible teacher that prepared her for such a moment, you prepare many with your wisdom, stories and truth, Linda. Thank you.

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