A is for Airplane.
Flying can be tough, even scary. But it can also be amazing.
Takeoffs and landings are the hardest part. Here’s how to make it through.
Tips to overcome minor fear:
- Chew Gum (to help your ears pop).
- Bring a new toy, game, or book.
- Remember many thousands have gone safely before you.
- Don’t sit near the window.
Still not working?:
- Focus on this moment, not what might happen.
- Concentrate on the solid feeling of the seat behind you.
- Breathe, slowly, in and out. Feel your lungs expand. Notice you’re still breathing.
- Think about the flight in small segments. Make it 15 minutes. Make it halfway.
- If you have a glass of water on your tray, look at the ripples. See how small they are.
Back in the present? Focus on the Truth:
- Ask yourself, “Why are you afraid?”
- Remember God controls every situation.
- Start praying. Focus on God’s power, not your imagination.
- Recite these scriptures in your mind.
- Remember times God has kept you safe in the past.
- Trust Him for the next 5 minutes. For the next hour. Forever.
- Praise Him when He brings you through.
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.” John 14:1
“And the Lord will keep in perfect peace all whose thoughts are fixed on Him.” Isaiah 26:3
“And God will supply all your needs, according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“I have called you from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ I have chosen you and will not abandon you.” Isaiah 41:9
Once you’ve calmed down, things get much easier! Till you get bored.
Tips to overcome boredom:
- Play games.
“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything
“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.”
— Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886.
“It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.”
— Helen Keller, at age 74, on flight around the world, news reports of 5 February 1955.
“Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights, where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.”
— Amelia Earhart
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
“The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.”
― G.K. Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”
“I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I’m just soul on a sunbeam.”
― Richard Bach
“This, thought Harry, was surely the only way to travel — past swirls and turrets of snowy cloud, in a car full of hot, bright sunlight, with a fat pack of toffees in the glove compartment…”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets