27 01 2009

“Confidence is courage at ease.” Daniel Maher

After the amazing landing of US Airways Flight 1549 by Captain Chesley B Sullenberger I have heard many many people describe his actions as courageous. I think there can be little doubt that the skill and quick thinking of both him and his crew took ensured that everyone on-board reached safety having avoided so many populated obstacles en route. In my opinion their achievements are well deserving of the praise and acknowledgement that they are receiving.

I wrote a while back about the labels that people use to describe themselves and others. With all the talk of courage I reached for my dictionary and looked up a definition for the word – “the ability to control fear when facing danger or pain.” I suspect that with all the experience and training that the pilot has gave not only the ability but also an accurate picture of what was the danger.

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