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Thursday
Jan262012

Good Advice from the Great Larry Miller

You may not know the name but Im sure you know the face.  Larry Miller has appeared in numerous movies and television shows since 1990

Larry Miller (not to be confused with Larry David) hosts the podcast  This Week with Larry Miller for the Ace Broadcasting Network,  where he unleashes a barrage of humor about the absurdities of daily life. He  can also be heard weekly on the most downloaded podcast on iTunes,  The Adam Carolla Show

Jerry Seinfeld says Larry is and will always be the funniest guy he knows.  I look forward to hearing his podcasts during my daily million man martini march warm ups at the local linear park.

Heres a story Larry recently related on LarryMillerHumor.com

A friend took a sky-diving class twenty or twenty-five years ago, one of those one-day course where you learn all about it in one day, and at the end of the day you actually jump and do it.

It was funny that when I first told the story, someone at Carolla’s asked me if I had ever done that.  ”What?” I said.  ”Sky-dive,” she said.  ”Have you ever parachuted out of a plane?”

And after a long pause, I said, “Allow me to answer that question by posing another:  What do… you think?” She looked at me closely and crinkled her nose, and smiled and said, “Now that I think of it, probably not.”

And I said, “Now you know, like Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the Power of Positive Thinking.”

Anyway, my friend took the course, and at the end of the day the instructor gathered them all and said, “Okay, you know what to do, you’ve packed the chutes, you’re all set.  As you know, you pull the ripcord.  Now, the chute is going to open.  Don’t worry.  It’s definitely going to open.  But if, for some crazy, one-in-a-million reason, the ‘chute doesn’t open, pull the auxiliary ripcord.  It’s definitely going to open then.”

Then he looked at them and said, “Now, listen to me carefully.  If, for some reason, some loony reason, the first ripcord doesn’t work, and then the second ripcord doesn’t work, go back to pulling the first one again.

“You pull that first cord again,” he said.  ”And you keep pulling it.  Again and again and again.”

Then he said the thing I’ve never forgotten.

He said, “I don’t care if you’re thirty feet above the ground, and about to smoke it in at two hundred miles an hour.  I want to see you still pulling that ripcord.”

I don’t think my friend thought much of it, but I knew then that was something I’d never forget.  It’s way more than a story about sky-diving, it’s a philosophy of life; an important one.

Keep pulling that cord.

No matter what happens, no matter where, no matter how dire the circumstances… never give up.  Never cry or despair, or have regrets.  Plenty of time for that soon enough.

You keep pulling that cord.