By Diego Nascimento

I have been part of the air club in my city since I was 22 years old. I have lost count of how many times I have flown over the region and observed every detail seen from above. I confess that I need to return to this practice that I love so much, especially since it was on board a single-engine Cessna model that I learned one of the greatest lessons in entrepreneurship and communication: the higher the altitude, the wider the vision. Although I did not become a pilot, I needed to put into practice a series of processes that would guarantee a smooth flight on one of the most interesting flight route I have ever known: my own life. It is in this trajectory that I invite you to think with me.

We make decisions in every moment. Some are involuntary; others are totally conscious thoughts. I would like to compare these moments to the takeoff of an aircraft. Any calculation failure can have serious consequences and threaten the safety of the pilot and passengers. Could it be that on impulse or in the heat of the moment you said or did something that in the short or long-term will bring headaches to your family, clients or co-workers? Individual attitudes affect others in ways you cannot even imagine.

Even with so much equipment in the cockpit, every pilot will encounter turbulence. It is a phenomenon that nature explains. Even if the plane is in perfect condition, the skill of the pilot makes all the difference so that the flight is, let’s say, imperceptible in some cases. Have you had any turbulence? Did you argue at work or at home? Did you recognize your mistakes? What have you done to regain your equilibrium and common sense?

Lastly, the landing occurs, one of the most challenging moments in the art of flying. I always see people clinging to their armrests with the purest expression of fear. Before they even realize it, they are already on the runway. But this apparently simple procedure is the result of a series of processes that make the cockpit a huge center of operations, perception and intelligence. Along with this idea, I want to ask two questions:
1. Did that decision you made have a “successful landing,” i.e., brought the results you expected?
2. Are you ready to “land” your dreams and goals smoothly? Do you need help or are you up to it?

I created this scenario to show how our journey as a university student, professional in the workplace, retiree, etc., requires prudence, wisdom and limits. At the beginning of the text I said that “the higher the altitude, the greater the view.” Although I have experience in certain situations, I always ask help from the ONE who has the widest vision, even when airplanes were nothing more than a draft in the notebook of scientists. The Bible teaches that God is “knower” of all things and knows you and me since we were in the womb of our mothers. It is in Him that I place my trust and confidence when I have to prepare an article as a journalist, a teacher/lecturer/consultant, when I have to make a decision as a manager or simply when I have to forgive and love someone else as a human being.

Whatever your position, area of activity, age or station, know that in the flight of life turbulence will come. Many will be the fruit of missteps we ourselves make. If today’s text touched your heart and mind, I urge you to reevaluate your attitudes and fly high. But remember to prepare your Flight Plan according to what is written in the book of Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 31 (Holy Bible): “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall not walk, and shall not faint.”

Do you want to rethink something you’ve done in the heat of the moment? Do it! It may still be reparable.

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