It’s 2017, Pack a Parachute

Posted: January 1, 2017 by patricksponaugle in Blogging, Opinion
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Happy New Year, everyone!

Even though I mostly blog (endlessly) about Game of Thrones or movies, or post my (vaguely ridiculous) monthly MicroStory collections, the onset of a new year allows for some reflection on the previous one.

Sometime in 2016 (I forget exactly when) I was in a bad mood. I was frustrated about something, and rather than overtly acting out, I sketched a picture of me yelling on the back of some scrap paper that was probably being used for my daughter’s math homework. (This might be a clue in regards to what I was frustrated about.)


(Look, I make no pretensions towards being an artist.)

I walked away from my emotive masterpiece, and when I returned, my daughter had made these improvements to my sketch.


Instead of me just being some yelling, frustrated guy, my daughter had turned me into a skydiver. I was still yelling, but at least I could imagine me yelling from the thrill of the activity. And my girl had me coming down directly towards a landing zone target. (Which might be a trampoline, which seems likely to add a comedic wrinkle to the event.)

This improved my mood. Dramatically.

I think the takeaway is pretty obvious. Sometimes a situation can be disproportionately improved with a little addition of kindness. A parachute isn’t that useful, *most* of the time. But in the short amount of time it takes to drop from a plane, it’s extremely important.

So if you get the chance, spread a little positivity around this year. I’m not saying it’ll be life-saving, but a parachute (regardless if it gets used) is more reassuring than an empty backpack. (Or a backpack filled with rocks.)

Best regards, and Happy New Year to everyone.

I’ll have a new Game of Thrones post out in a few days.

© Patrick Sponaugle 2017 Some Rights Reserved

  1. this put a large smile on my face 🙂 hats off to your daughter for her creativity, humour, and kindness

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  2. This was a heartwarming post… Perfect to start the year. Thank you for sharing. Aaaaand… ¡Feliz año nuevo! 🎉🎇🎋

    I hope this year is full of useful parachutes. 🙂

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  3. You’ve got a pretty clever kid there. This is a great post, thanks for the smile, and Happy New Year.

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  4. Haylee says:

    Love this! Well done Miss. Sponaugle:) I might have to steal the anecdote to use in my new job, if I may?

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  5. ghostof82 says:

    Aint 2017 scary? I’ve never been so nervous about a New Year as I am this one, or so glad to see the back of one as much as I was 2016.

    Trump. Brexit. Family crises. I think I’ll need a hell of a parachute. Good luck everybody.

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  6. kirstwrites says:

    That’s a great addition to your drawing – what a smart girl your daughter must be! All the best for the year ahead 😊

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  7. Denise says:

    Sweet, what a lovely relationship you must have with your daughter. Happy New Year!

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  8. forthejokes says:

    Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to when Grace takes over the world.

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  9. That’s a great story. Happy New Year to your and your family, and I couldn’t agree more about spreading some positivity around. Thanks for this post. 🙂

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  10. Happy New Year! 🙂

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  11. KG says:

    😆 That was very creative of her! Happy New Year to you and your family, Patrick 🙂

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  12. This is the sweetest damn thing.

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  13. What a lovely post! Your daughter sounds lovely. Hope your 2017 is off to a great start!

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  14. This is super inspiring. I think we should draw a parachute on 2016 ♥

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