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This is the story of a woman who was aboard United Airlines flight 232, which crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, 1989. Of the 296 people on board, 111 perished. Most of the others were seriously injured. To me, this story says, Peace begins with me. I thank God for reminding me that I can make a difference:

 

“For me, the crash was like an ocean liner turning around. Some changes happened right away, as soon as I got my feet on the ground. The others have unfolded in the 20 years since the crash..

 

I decided that I wanted to live with as few regrets as possible. That meant repairing relationships and trying very hard not to leave anything undone. This meant leaving home in the morning without being upset with anyone. It meant to take every opportunity to tell my friends and family that I love them and appreciate them. At first, it meant that it had to be intentional. This required a lot of attention. It was hard because it wasn’t my habit. Then I would think, ‘Well, I might not be coming home tonight. It isn’t that hard.’

 

I also reset my priorities in life. I had always said that my family was my first priority, but when push came to shove, it didn’t always work out that way.

 

One of the things that has accompanied me, followed me, surrounded me, and wrapped me is that feeling of gratitude for whatever happens. That crash was like being picked up by the scruff of the neck and shaken! And God says, ‘This is your only life! Just be grateful for it. Just be grateful that you’ve got these days and these hours and these wonderful people in your life. Just be grateful for that’.”

 

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