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Good Navigation

Posted by cyndyadeniyi on January 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

How does an airplane end up at the wrong airport? That’s the question everyone is asking this morning in the wake of Southwest Airline flight number 4013 which landed 7 miles away from its target. It seems with all of our sophisticated technology such mishaps would be a thing of the past. My navigation system can tell me when the speed limit along the highway has changed within a few feet. Surely an airplane carrying over a hundred passengers would have the ability to warn a pilot something is amiss…right?


The investigation is still ongoing, but apparently this happens more than most think. In the past 10 years over a handful of these incidents have occurred in the United States alone.


One pilot involved in such an incident commented that airports look about the same when you are so far the ground. Which brings me to my point. It is very easy to end up at the wrong destination. Let me give some examples.


A young talented professional quits her job because she is stressed, underappreciated, and underpaid. She takes a better paying job where she is very appreciated, but still stressed and now also overworked. This was not the intended destination.


Or consider the lonely single man who marries to woman of his dreams only to discover she is so busy with her career she has no time for him and he becomes a lonely married person. This too was not the intended destination.


The solution for the pilot, the young professional, and the lonely man could be one in the same – a grounded person who knows the way. This could be a friend, family member, deacon, boss, or life coach. The point is we have a better chance of getting to the right place if we have someone along to help with the navigation.


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