Air Florida Flight 90

Arland D. Williams Jr.

Arland D. Williams Jr.

On January 13, 1982, during an extraordinary period of freezing weather, Air Florida Flight 90 took off from nearby Washington National Airport, failed to gain altitude, and crashed into the 14th Street Bridge, where it hit six cars and a truck on the bridge, killing four motorists.

After the devastating crash on the bridge, the plane then continued forward and plunged into the freezing Potomac River. Soon only the tail section which had broken off remained afloat. Only six of the airliner’s 79 occupants (74 passengers and 5 crew members) survived the initial crash and were able to escape the sinking plane in the middle of the ice-choked river.

Amongst the survivors was Arland Dean Williams Jr. He was one of the six who survived the initial crash. An extraordinary scene unfolded as people gathered on a bridge and a nearby bank unable to do anything to help the survivors. Soon a rescue attempt was launched by bystanders using a makeshift rope, but it got nowhere. Eventually hope came in the form of a United States Park Police helicopter. Knowing that time was limited and the survivors were losing strength fast in the freezing water, the helicopter took unprecedented risks. At one point its skids dipped beneath the surface of the water.

Not many realized at that time but a quiet hero was emerging amongst the survivors. Every time the helicopter came around to pick the survivors, Arland quietly helped his fellow survivors get on board. In the words of a clergyman:

His heroism was not rash. Aware that his own strength was fading, he deliberately handed hope to someone else, and he did so repeatedly. On that cold and tragic day, Arland D. Williams Jr. exemplified one of the best attributes of human nature, specifically that some people are capable of doing anything for total strangers.

Eventually Arland’s strength faded and when the tail section sank he went down with it. When the helicopter returned to pick him up, he was gone. The Washington Post described what happened:
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A math professor pulls a fast one on his class in this brilliant April fool’s prank. This has gone viral and has millions of views. Will put a smile on your face.

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It is rare for a talk filled with poetry to get millions of hits. It is rarer still for any talk to get two standing ovations. But Sarah Kay achieves this in an outstanding talk filled with outstanding spoken word poetry.

In this talk Sarah charts her journey into spoken word poetry and explains to us the power of the medium. We understand how spoken word poetry can help connect by witnessing her incredible performance. Are you ready to take on this awesome medium called spoken word poetry?

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The Light Of God Surrounds Us

The Light Of God

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is.
And all is well.

Credit: Unity Church – closing prayer for protection

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Three Awesome Yoga Insights

Yoga Insights

Yoga can be puzzling. Even for seasoned practitioners its impact seem mysterious. These three insights will help:

1. Yoga can be everywhere – Laughter yoga? Nature yoga? What’s with this phenomenon of associating “yoga” with common everyday things? The answer lies in understanding that at the root of yoga there is a process. This is the process of reducing or sidestepping the ego. So everything can be done either in a yogic way or a non-yogic way. If your laughter is meant to hurt somebody then it is merely an instrument of your ego. This is non-yogic laughter. But if on the other hand your laughter is a pure expression of joy then it side steps the ego and it is yoga. We can say that it is “laughter yoga”.

So here is this insight in a nutshell: If an activity does not hurt anybody and the ego is sidestepped or reduced then the activity can be considered as Yoga.

So you can walk in a park or a forest and call it “nature yoga”. You can spend time knitting and call it “knitting yoga”. On the same lines you can have “cooking yoga”, “driving yoga”, “work yoga”, “hobby yoga”, and so on.

2. It all adds up – Here is the good news: nothing goes waste when it comes to yoga. It is as if somebody who is lost in the dark finds her way. Now every step is a step in the right direction, no matter how small the step is. Yoga creates an upward spiral where every activity that is Yoga helps us do other activities in a more yogic way. Instead of a push towards yoga, we now find that there is a pull. Yoga becomes more natural to who we are.

3. You can start anywhere – Rather than being boxed in, wondering where to start, you can just jump in from wherever you are at this moment. The right moment for yoga is now! You do not have to wait to be kind, to be generous, or to wish everybody well. Every small act adds up. Soon the journey accelerates and what was formerly forced and deliberate becomes natural. The yoga of postures is also a great starting spot. And if we allow its effects to spread into the rest of our life, we then find that most of our activities can be done in a yogic way. And this in turn flows back into the yoga on the mat and makes it easier and calmer. We enter into a positive feedback loop that lifts our life and transforms it. Our life is soon filled with light and love.

Why wait? With these insights in hand let us straight jump in and start practicing yoga in everything we do!

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Credits: This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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