Today is the fourth anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson”. Every day is a blessing but today is special. I was honored and fortunate to be with Captain Sullenberger and some of the passengers yesterday during the taping of “The Katie Couric Show” in New York City. It is always good to see some of the passengers and hear what they have been doing the past four years. Then I think about all the things I have been blessed to do, people I have met, places I have gone and my relationship with my family. A large sense of gratitude rushes over me and I become very emotional, to the point of welling up.
It wasn’t really what happened that day. From a business perspective, Captain Sullenberger and Captain Skiles executed flawlessly on all the training they had done and over the 40000 combined flight hours. It’s the impact to the millions of people around the world this event has. Captain Sullenberger yesterday talked about the over 25000 notes he has received. Granted, I have not received that many but I have many boxes of communications around my office from people relaying their gratitude and thanks for what everyone did that day. People ask me all the time how I processed the event and I tell them, I have the honor to speak over 100 times a year to those who need to hear a story of hope and as Bishop Ken Carter told me once, I have a “speaking Ministry”.
Thank you again to Sully, Jeff, Doreen, Sheila and Donna, NY Waterways, US Airways, Palisades Medical Center and to all those who had a part in a day that is remembered and celebrated as a day of gratitude and hope.