Five Life Lessons from Balloons
The world loves hot air balloons. Who cannot be lifted when they see a colorful hot air balloon in the sky? Years ago I dated a hot air balloon pilot and retain many great memories of the many adventures. It was fascinating to see people's initial reaction to being up in the air suspended only by a small amount of wicker underfoot. Yet it was also amazing to see the transformation of everyone's horizon as we quietly traversed across the open rural lands. The bird's eye perspective taught me many things. The old saying of not seeing the forest for the sees reminds me daily to make decision from the highest elevation possible. Long ago a wise work associate taught me the best decisions are made in the box seats of the Opera House. The global perspective of what is best is seen clearly when we rise above our lowly station and view the problem as an opportunity from a wider lens.
I retained many memories from these adventures and wish to share with you some insights into what those many adventures taught me.
Before we begin I must caution you a neighbor of mine thought hot air balloons were nothing more than pushing a button and launching. For those who have tried hot air ballooning, you know the team effort that is needed. The coordination of the land crew is mini screw compared to the team effort to lay out the balloons and position the hot air for its launch. The burners are a safety item always and the world is filled with thousands of miles of fence and power lines that make landing very treacherous. Hot air ballooning is truly a sport that demands a skilled and careful pilot, calm winds and the proper launch field and a safe landing field. These many mechanical needs remind of what life is like and how we must maneuver and take cover during high winds and sail when the winds are favorable.
Hot Air Balloon - Happy Turtle
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Life Lessons from Balloons
- Life can inflate you or deflate you. The power comes only from within.
- An inflated balloon looks and acts younger.
- Momentum begets momentum.
- Breathing is important, oxygen is essential to our health - take a deep breath.
- Our muscles respond like an inflated balloon.
Daisy Hot Air Balloon
Colorful Hot Air Balloons
Funny Hot Air Baloons with Faces
Life Can Inflate You or Deflate You - the Power Comes Only From Within
Remember Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and for all her searching the Wizard stated she had the power within her all along. This is the greatest lesson of life. We only limit ourselves. No one can deflate us alone - we must permit them to deflate us. We can overcome any circumstance, any obstacle - the power lies within each and every one of us.
Look at the beautiful balloons and see where they first began and yet the only difference is something intangible, something the eye cannot see - the air that elevates the balloon is similar to our spirit that can readily elevate us or deflate us.
Inflating a Hot Air Baloon
An Inflated Balloon Looks and Acts Younger
Ever meet someone you wish to become when you grow old. That sparkle that energy is something all of us must strive for. It comes from moving and inhaling and smiling. The inflated balloon, the aging baby boomer all benefit from a simple breath of fresh air.
Momentum Begets Momentum
When traveling in a balloon if the winds are not with you, the journey is slow. When momentum picks up it brings with it more momentum.
The words of wisdom here is to go with the flow. When the spot light is upon you, when times are good the momentum begets momentum - take advantage of those rare winds and stay the course and enjoy the journey.
Hot Air Balloons at Night
Breathing is important, oxygen is essential to our health - take a deep breath
Balloons do not "live" without air. Similar to balloons we as humans look deflated when we are not breathing. Traumas and tribulations deflate us. Breath in deeply, take your mind to a place high above the sky and remember oxygen will heal you mentally and physically.
Our muscles respond like an inflated balloon
Our human body is the most miraculous machine on earth. Nothing else is designed to repair itself, nothing else has the ability to grow by self determination. Our muscles are meant to the stretched and strengthened. If you look at a balloon without air, this is how your body feels without exercise. Add some exercise and the results are amazing.
Five Life Lessons From Balloons
Balloons and Red Rubber Balls
Hot air balloons remind me of the book written by Kevin Carroll Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. I had the privilege of seeing him speak at a fitness conference in California long away and the book is wonderful but the man is remarkable. It is not very often I find a hero in life to look up to and Kevin is definitely a hero - in fitness, in business and in life.
“Pursuing your life's work requires work. The hard work, the lonely work, is not always enjoyable, but as long as you do it in the name of your red rubber ball, you will shine.”Jan 24, 2013
Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work
Share Your Wisdom
Please share with us below your experiences. What have you learned throughout your years? What has touched you? How have you grown?
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© 2012 Kelly A Burnett