The Thing about Training for Trouble
Although I’m not exactly a connoiseur of national news, last year’s Hudson River plane landing had my rapt attention.
Not just because it had a happy ending, but also because it seemed to defy all odds to qualify as an outstanding real life miracle.
I wasn’t alone in enjoying coverage of the event, as google reveals over 6 million hits for “Hudson plane.”
Recently, an Abraham workshop participant asked the question about how many people had to be aligned in order to allow that particular miracle to unfold.
Abraham’s answer is why I’m writing about this topic today.
While the guy asking the question viewed the Hudson River event as if it were a miracle of alignment that the pilot was able to land the jetliner without suffering any casualties, Abraham offered an alternate perspective:
Yes, this pilot managed to land in the river without sacrificing any lives. But this same pilot also managed to rendezvous with a flock of birds that required the emergency landing in the first place.
Abraham said this pilot’s extensive training for flight emergencies made him an excellent match for experiencing a flight emergency.
While we celebrate his ability to have managed it extremely well, it might be worth noting that a pilot who doesn’t attract emergencies might be something to celebrate, too.
Yes, I get it. Training for trouble makes us more likely to attract trouble. And is trouble what we really want?
But it was such a cool story! How boring would life be if everything always went perfectly?!
And that’s exactly what Abraham shared at the end of the conversation about the perils of training for trouble – we do like our dramas.
Abraham added that in our culture it’s rare we’re not being warned or trained for some sort of trouble somewhere along the line, but that’s our opportunity as deliberate creators – to choose consciously what we’re attracting into our lives.
Sometimes maybe close calls are exciting, and sometimes maybe they’re worth skipping altogether.
What do you guys think? If you had the choice (which we do), would you choose no trouble at all? Or are there some challenges you wouldn’t opt out of?