The Brotherhood – Part 63

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Someday I’m going to research why I have to turn my cell phone to the full “off” position for takeoff. I haven’t figured that one out.

Recently, my wife and I took a helicopter tour of Oahu (and it was pretty cool). Just before takeoff, the pilot–an island guy named Zac–explained that he would have to shut off our radios as he gained clearance for our launch and he’d do it again when flying over the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. I didn’t mind a bit. I didn’t want to be chatting across the airwaves while he was doing something that important, and I sure didn’t want the Navy questioning our right to the airspace and reacting in any way. So I sat quietly–made perfect sense to me.

Since that ride, I’ve wondered if there’s any connection in the reasoning of my American pilot and Zac–I honestly don’t know. And that’s kinda the point. I don’t know.

What do you do when you don’t know? Do you obey or do you insist on everything making sense to you before you submit to authorities?

I turned my phone off on today’s flight–can’t say I always have (though I’ve never failed to at least switch to airplane mode). But today I turned it off, not because of what I might have learned from Zac, but because people who know more than me told me to. I’ve decided that they must have their reasons. Besides, I don’t need to be using up my phone battery when there’s little chance I get any calls.

Do you obey authorities or do you insist on doing things your way. Likely it’s a maturity issue (and I’ve failed a few times), but ultimately it seems like an integrity issue. Will you do what’s right or will you do what you think is more convenient.

Now, I’m not just speaking of airplane behavior.

At work, do you obey policies or skirt around the ones that occasionally seem unnecessary. Do you cut corners in your work or behavior, or do you do what you’ve been told needs to be done. If you cut corners, I hope you don’t work on airplanes. But even if you think your job doesn’t really matter, it matters who you are!

Do what’s right, even if no one has explained why it matters. You’ll likely live longer, but you wil definitely live better!



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