Expired (Below Up Above part 3)

August 29, 2008 10:18 AM EST
Flight 424 to Atlanta. It's bright and clear outside, I'm very far from the wing, but once again I am hindered from taking a good shot. Why?

[edited 091113] Because one of the engines is right in front of the window. [end edit] But hey, this could probably pass as a Friendster profile picture.

August 29, 2008 12:05 PM EST

Flight 577 to Newark, NJ leaves in close to an hour & a half. I went through our boarding pass & itinerary and I just saw that I'm probably going to have the same view as the last flight. Let this be a warning for anyone who wants a good view when they fly: If you happen to be travelling on a Boeing 717, stay away from seat row 30, unless you like seeing paint blue (If you fly AirTran).

I got an hour left here, but unfortunately I currently do not have anything in my mind to talk about. I could go ahead and get on the internet, but I'd have to pay for it. What bothers me is that it isn't free here in the massive Atlanta International, but I can go ahead & get online freely over at Pensacola Regional. Ah well. Perhaps it's for maintenance.

August 29, 2008 2:00 PM EST

Up in the air again, Row 30 (#¥£€$£). The plastic frame on my window is busted loose, but a good shove barely kept pieces together.. How would you react if you noticed even the smallest detail on a vehicle that takes you 31000 feet above the ground had a small flaw in it? I'd be just a little bit more prayerful than usual - Positive scripting for 'Id be scared'. I mean, we've learned through history that the slightest imperfection, the smallest miscalculation could spell catastrophe, disaster, all other sorts of nasty things.

In this case, if air from outside the plane somehow gets in it would probably be through an opening made through the loose window just a few inches away from my head. The opening would probably develop into a hole hurling me off the plane as the cabin would lose pressure.

That would probably be in the top 5 of the most outrageous things that my imagination came up with. Theatrics notwithstanding, I thank God for being God & I thank God for all His promises.

A small, REALLY small one hundredth of a second difference was all it took for Michael Phelps to get gold in one event. I'd like to think that top food manufacturers ensure that cleanliness is one of their top priorities, as the smallest impurity could ruin a whole batch of their product. In my job it could take an associate just one error to fail in his or her evaluation.

We've learned that it takes a small spark to get a fire going ( if there was anything good I got from UBSHS it would be praise songs with lyrics like this). One small signature on a contract could mean so many things, the approval of humanitarian aid for one. In photography, one small second could mean the difference between a good, great shot.

A small pinch of saffron could make a whole bowl of arroz caldo yellow.

...Wala lang.

The point I want to deliver here is that in this day & age, a little can still go a long way. Moving forward. The smallest words & actions can have huge effects on people. I mean, saying something could be okay with you, but insulting to the person listening to you. I mean, it doesn't necessarily have to be an uttered word to hit someone where it hurts the most. There are gestures too. The middle finger is a prime example, but a simple rolling of the eyes could be all it takes to get someone irate. Trust me, this happened to me a lot. I used to believe that this was reflex and there was no way for me to control it. However, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 is self control.

August 30, 2008 9:43 AM EST

I used to think that self-control was limited to willpower, particularly in food, liquor, porn, etc. Now I'm broadening that definition for myself, including controlling acting against my impulses which have oftentimes brought me failure, an event I have trouble accepting.

August 31, 2008 2:02 AM EST

I thought about this too much. Self-Control is too important to miss. Lack of it leads to sin, leading to consequences, which like blessings, come in His time.

I hate when this happens. I'll make up for it next blog.

God bless you. Have a good Sunday.