The Concorde isnâ€™t flown anymore.
During a routine take-off in July, 2000, Concorde blew a tire after hitting a small piece of metal on a runway in Paris. A chunk of the tire knocked a hole in the wing, spilling fuel down the side of the plane just as it was lifting off. Ninety seconds later, the plane exploded in the air.
The public was terrified. The Concorde fleet was grounded.
After reinforcing the wings with bulletproof Kevlar and installing puncture-proof tires, the senior executives of Concordeâ€™s parent company boarded the plane in September, 2001 and flew halfway across the Atlantic and back to demonstrate their confidence in the planeâ€™s safety. While they were in the air, terrorists flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center.
Now everyone was afraid to travel.
Having already been out of operation for 14 months, Concorde was unable to recover from this second financial whammy.
Solomon, known for his good advice, said, â€œWhatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.â€
Then he followed this eye-of-the-tiger pitch by saying in the next verse,
â€œI have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.â€
â€“ Ecclesiastes chapter 9
Robbie Burns agreed with Solomonâ€™s assessment of time and chance. Apologizing to a mouse whose burrow he accidentally uncovered while plowing his field, he said most famously in 1785:
â€œThe best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.â€
I share these things with you because I know some of you are facing failure. Donâ€™t let it bother you. Failure, like success, is a temporary condition. Tomorrow is a brand new day.
FAILURE: Because sometimes your very best just isnâ€™t good enough.
Amen. Now weâ€™re done with it. Turn your face to the rising sun.
Tigers are happiest when theyâ€™re chasing their dinner.
Even when they fail to catch it, the chase is fun.
Let your tiger run.
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