No guts, no glory …
With the return of Tim Peake safely back to Terra-firma it certainly has me wondering of the courage, commitment and faith those mortals greater than I possess.
Major Tim Peake and others like him from all nations should be congratulated whole-heartedly for their achievements through inner belief, faith, trust and selflessness.
For those with a distant memory we may recall John Glenn aboard Friendship 7 back in February 1962. The first American to circumnavigate the Earth and only the fifth man to venture into space.
After almost five hours aboard Friendship 7 John Glenn returned safely to Earth with a ‘splashdown’ in the Atlantic ocean.
John Glenn was later asked how it felt to be aboard such a craft as it sped toward it’s destination:
“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind … every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.”
Grateful for touchdown I’m sure!
What lessons from John Glenn and those like him? Plenty I hear you say, humour(?) for one and perhaps something like:
* No guts, no glory? Possibly.
* Check the nuts yourself before climbing aboard? Definitely, check those tools.
* You don’t always get what you pay for?? We know that already.
Certainly there is much to consider re ‘the lesson’ although something that occurred to me and a word I find really appropriate just now is … faith. What faith these guys must have in others, their own mission and how they are to achieve that goal…
What faith in the team? What a great example of having the support of a good team around you, those who are knowledgeable, who inspire, people who instil utmost respect and trust. If each of us have access to such an asset and these values we can surely achieve just about any goal?
Faith is certainly a virture often overlooked in testing times.
For me? Well if it were me heading up into orbit … I’d definitely be checking the nuts!
image thanks to ztdg.com