I have said countless times, "It's not what you say but how you say it." While that is absolutely true, I also believe that sometimes we really need to think about what we say as well. Take, for example, the pilot on our flight this evening. We were "grounded" in Dallas, which pretty much equates to sitting on the tarmac for over two hours while awaiting to hear whether we will be able to take off due to microbursts in the area. There we sat, on the runway, while lightning and thunder reign supreme all around us. Finally, after two hours, the pilot came on and said these words (and I quote), "Well, good evening again folks, from the flight deck. We've just been told that they are letting one plane go. You might see it out the left hand side of your window taking off. We are being told to sit tight and wait to get a pilot report from the pilot of that plane. If the report is okay, they'll let us take off."
Hmmm....did he just say that plane over there is the guinea pig plane?
Is it a pilot test? little pun intended
We are not completely feeling the love right now.
We were wondering what sort of report might come back ,or not, that would determine the fate of our own flight.
But, best of all, the real wonder is: what did the pilot of the guinea pig flight tell his passengers?
(crackle, crackle---because you have to start with that noise): "Ladies and gentlemen, from the flight deck. I just want to give you some really good news. After sitting on the tarmac for two hours, we are number one for take-off. Can I get a woop-woop? Just to let you know......the other planes aren't so lucky. Those guys behind us are all waiting to see just how great we do when WE take off and then maybe they get to follow suit. Maybe not....I guess we'll see.....little flight humor, folks."
I am hopeful we will make it to Detroit in time to do our training that is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Just for today, perhaps we should consider and maybe even reconsider the words we use and think about whether they will instill faith or fear in the people around us.