A Second Chance at Life …. ?

What if you were given another chance at life?

That’s what happened for Ric Elias.  Ric, along with 154 other occupants, knows first hand what it is like to have literally been given another chance at life.  They were all aboard US Airways Flight 1549 when shortly after take-off the plane struck a flock of Canada geese, lost engine power, and then, like a glider, landed safely on the Hudson River off midtown Manhattan. The incident became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”  The entire crew of Flight 1549 – including Captain “Sully” Sullenberger – was awarded the Master’s Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.  According to reports I found online, the citation read, “This emergency ditching and evacuation, with the loss of no lives, is a heroic and unique aviation achievement.”  It has been described since then as “the most successful ditching in aviation history.”

What if you were one of those occupants?  What if you, like Ric, were given another chance at life?  Would you do anything differently?  If you are like me, and millions of other individuals, then I suspect you’d take a Mulligan or two, and take a few do-overs with a couple of people in your life.  I know I would.  Have that conversation I wish I had had many years ago.  Tell the truth and tell it quicker.  Be authentic and less of a people-pleaser.  I’d do a few things differently and chances are so would you.

In this short five minute video, listen to what Ric concludes.  And, if necessary, grab that second chance and have at it!

Peace friends,




  • Velvet says:

    I loved this. I laughed and cried. I’m grateful I’m here -and for you -and for your new way of communicating and touching people like you’ve done for years and years. Can never keep a good man down. 🙂

  • Rose says:

    WOW! So perfect anytime but oh so much more perfect for the season.

    • kathy says:

      Wow, Chuck, i had no idea you had a blog. great stuff! I started with this entry (there no accidents) and all i can say is Wow! Great words of wisdom. It’s amazing how crises can put everything into perspective.. I love it that he says saying he’d rather be happy than right. It’s something i tell myself all the time. Pride too often gets in the way….Off to read the rest of your entries now….

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