The Joy of Flying by John Cali and Spirit

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Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end. ~ Richard Bach, in There Is No Such Place As Far Away

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Many years ago, I was a commercial pilot. Some of my family and friends questioned my sanity, as they considered flying a dangerous occupation.

Sometimes, they’d ask me why I did it. I always answered, “Because I love it. It brings me joy.” Even way back then, I did not believe in doing anything unless I loved it. I still love flying.

Despite the tragic airline accidents the past few years, flying is still one of the safest things you can do. As the legendary Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger said, the US healthcare system sees 200,000 deaths a year. For the airline industry to equal that huge loss of lives, there would have to be 20 jumbo jets crashing with no survivors — every week!

So is flying safe? I think so. Is the minimal risk outweighed by the joy of flying? For me, yes.

I still have a vivid memory from way back in my flight training days in Colorado. The airport I trained at was at the foot of the majestic Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

Sometimes I would take my little single-engine training plane up close to the mountains. I would turn off the engine and let the plane glide in the silence.

That was one of the most stunning spiritual experiences I’ve had in this lifetime. It gave me a far greater appreciation for this beautiful planet we’re blessed to call home.

My spirit guides often remind folks, including me, that we are eternally safe — nothing can harm us. Yet, how much joy and pleasure do we rob ourselves of because we’re scared to death — of, well, death. We’re scared to take risks, to live our lives fully and joyfully.

Is that any way to live?

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This video, The Beauty of Flight, takes you on a lovely silent journey. It will give you an idea of how I felt when I was gliding like a bird, free and high, over the Rocky Mountains. More importantly, it will give you a view of the beauty and splendor of our beloved Mother Earth.



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12 Responses

  1. Hans

    Thanks for sharing, John. It’s truly awesome!

  2. Mikala

    I loved skydiving, but I don’t do that anymore. Not because I don’t still love it, because I do. It is not so much different than the video, just a bit faster.

    I did get a chuckle out of looking back in my life to decide the answer of your question, “Are you afraid to take risks?” I rather think most of my life was one big risk at a time. I do not regret that at all. My life has been full, with some absolutely blissful, and some others a challenge, and that provided balance.

    Love life, love yourself,——–just love.

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Mikala. As much as I love flying, I’ve never tried skydiving. Maybe I’m too much of a coward. 🙂 I have a friend who’s been doing it for years — and he’s nearly 80 years old!

      I agree with you about risks. Life itself is one big risk, and we all had a lot of courage in coming to this life at this time in human history.

      As you say, love is the key.

  3. Marilyn Cooley

    John, thank you so much for the beautiful thoughts and the video. The magic of flight has always captured my imagination, although I’ve never had pilot training. Maybe I will someday; I’m only 60! Do you know the name of the type of aircraft seen in the video? Thanks again, and a very happy weekend to you and yours!

    • John Cali

      You’re most welcome, Marilyn! I agree with you — there is a magic about flying. I was intrigued by it from early childhood.

      When I was a flight instructor, I had students your age and older. The older folks were often better students than the youngsters. So it’s never too late.

      Happy weekend to you too — and your family.

  4. Pat H.

    Beautiful. Thanks, John. The accompanying music is at least as beautiful as the scenery. Any idea who that is?

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Pat. I agree — the music is as beautiful as the scenery. Wish I knew the source.

  5. Conshana

    Greetings, John
    I am always reminded of a poem I read as a young teen-ager, that sums up my Love of the air perfectly. I KNOW you know of John Gillespie Magee Jr.’s poem, “High Flight”. This is the epitome to me, of Beauty and Freedom.
    I was taking lessons for commercial cargo pilot, when I was grounded, medically. I cried for three days solid. But that was another time, and another place. While I’ve gone on, I have not lost my love of flight.

    And I figure it this way. NO ONE will regret, crossing the Veil, doing what they have chosen to do out of LOVE. And in the case of the crash in France, well, it’s like my Dad said, when I asked him as a child of 8 or 9, “Dad, what is it like to fly?”
    “Well, Son, there are times it’s 99% boredom, and 1% stark, raving terror.”
    But that terror lasts but a moment, and is nothing like lying in a hospital bed for months, waiting to cross the Veil~!

    Have a Blessed Easter Week-End, John and Friends. And Blessings to you Always~!

    • John Cali

      Hi Conshana,

      I didn’t know you loved flying — there seem to be fewer and fewer of us these days. Which I can sort of understand.

      I love your father’s description of flying. He’s got that right! 🙂 It sure beats lingering forever in a hospital bed!

      You have Happy Easter too, dear friend!

      Many blessings,

  6. Roy

    I agree, I love flying, I am not a pilot and I will be flying when ever I get the chance. I also believe that I will always be in the right place at the right time and I think we all are, even if we do not understand why at the time.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Roy. I completely agree — we’re all in exactly the right place at the right time. The universe always takes care of us.

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