"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