Pushing On

I’m a long-time fan of Steve Goodier’s stories and have several collections of them. On occasion I’ve tucked one into a folder on my computer labeled “Inspiration”, to re-read when the roller coaster I’m riding heads downhill. I’m also a subscriber to LifeSupport. Today Steve came through for me again.

You see, Robin and I have scheduled four performances of the Australia presentation we did last November. One’s in a couple of weeks, the other three in April. It’s a lot of fun, for us and the audience. We spent weeks putting it together and were happy more people could see it.

Happy, that is, until this morning. Somehow, in transferring files from my old computer to this new one, I didn’t copy the presentation. I’m pretty sure there’s still a copy on my old backup drive, but when I plugged it in this morning, the little beast just kept clicking at me. That’s the machine equivalent of an obscene gesture.

I’m feeling dumb. Actually I’m feeling dumber than dumb. Robin just gave me good advice. “Push on,” he said.

So I came back to my computer, and there was Steve’s story, a good reminder that making a mistake, even a dumb one, doesn’t qualify as a major life catastrophe.

So…thanks, Steve. And for all you Catching Courage readers, here’s the story that gave me a lift.


I sometimes wish I had a road map for living.

If only someone would occasionally show me a way to go, a direction to take, it seems things could be easier. Have you ever thought like that?

But it doesn’t take me long to remember that others probably feel as confused as I do.

ANA air stewardess

ANA air stewardess, from ♭ Nocturne ♬ ♪ ♩'s photostream on Flickr Creative Commons

Passengers on a regular flight from Detroit to Tri-City Airport (which is situated between the Michigan cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland), must have felt a little more than confused during a flight attendant’s greeting. Obviously not familiar with the area, she welcomed everyone warmly and stated that the destination would be Midland. A few concerned passengers alerted her to the mistake, so she quickly corrected herself by saying they were headed to Tri-City and Bay City.

Chuckles rippled along the aisle as she bravely tried again. This time she informed passengers that their destination was Saginaw. Now laughter broke out.

At that point, an authoritative voice came over the intercom and rescued her. “I’m your pilot, folks,” he said, “and don’t worry—I know where we’re going.”

It’s nice when someone knows the way. But does anyone know the way YOU should be going? The way you should go in your life?

The truth is — we really can’t depend on others for the most important answers about living our lives. People can help, but nobody can truly decide what is best for us; nobody else can steer us along that individual path that we should take.

But the good news is this: we will eventually find the way ourselves. And I believe we’ll find it best by listening. Listening to our hearts; listening to an inner voice.

I’ve learned that if I listen well, I will discover that the solution I need is usually there, hiding within. It may be
irritatingly well hidden, but it is there nevertheless.

Perhaps you feel a bit lost. Most of us do at times. And if so, don’t worry. This may be a perfect time to listen. Listen to that quiet voice within. And while you listen, remember this—your inner pilot knows where you’re going.

—Steve Goodier

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