January 15, 2009 US Air was alive and mostly laboring to stay afloat, literally. They probably had a mission statement on the wall somewhere at headquarters. I’m certain some executives cared enough to even emboss it on security access cards too. And, I’ll bet a few of US Air’s foot soldiers even knew some of the words to the mission/vision of the airline – I doubt it meant anything to any of ’em.
However, eight short years ago on January 15, 2009, there was a US Air flight 1549 captained by a man who’s OPUS was flying gliders. And, moments after take off, as his co-pilot began the climb out of New York’s LaGuardia airport, a massive bird strike turned their Airbus A320 into one, big, heavy, ill equiped kinda glider. “My aircraft,” Sully declared without so much as thinking. You see, this is the power of authoring an OPUS of your own – in your moments of truth you will not have to think. Good. So, today, as you think back to the “Miracle on the Hudson,” remember, it was not a miracle. Nope, it wasn’t. January 15, 2009 was simply an opportunity for Sully to live out his labor of love, his opus. Thanks, Sully for your good work and for giving us a great example of what an authentic OPUS looks like from the middle of any system.
So, friend, happy Labor Day. Slow down and let this story sit with you for awhile.
Are you laboring and slowly losing energy for your work? Are you laboring and slowly questioning life? Are you growing tired of getting up most Monday’s and counting down the hours till Friday? Hard labor you will disdain as you tire. Hard opus you will sustain as you perspire. Pain is inevitable. Misery is a choice. You choose. Your choices have consequences. Choose hard opus, friend, it’s more energizing, fun, and your contributions gonna be a whole lot more satisfying both for you and your world.
Happy OPUS day….