What a Hot Air Balloon Ride Can Teach You about Life

Our road trip took us through Texas to Albuquerque by way of Roswell. After stopping to see the Alien Museum we headed north to the land of Breaking Bad.

I had reserved a sunrise hot air balloon ride for me and my wife. When the alarm went off I started hoping that the balloon would rise easier than I did. But we made it to the Rainbow Ryders corporate office. From there we were taken with the other early morning risers to the launch site.

You learn quickly that hot air ballooning is a team sport. The pilots involved us in the inflation process. Then, as the balloons began to lift, we quickly scrambled inside the basket and gently began lift-off.

We quietly ascended until we were looking down from hundreds if not thousands of feet in the air. It was too late to check the flooring of the basket so I just kept enjoying the view of the sunrise over the Sandia Mountain Range and the Rio Grande Valley.

The flight was so gentle it felt like we weren’t moving. I found a fixed point on the ground and noticed…we weren’t moving. Whispers were floating around the basket so I asked the pilot, “Uh, it seems we aren’t moving? Is that possible?”

He said, “Yes.”

Wanting a little more elaboration I followed up with, “Well, what do we do?”

“We wait.”

“What for?”

“For wind.”

“What if we don’t find any?”

“We will. Then we move up or down.”

I didn’t have anything to write on but I remembered his brief lesson in hot air ballooning. Seemed like some good advice for life.

Sometimes our lives stall out, don’t they? Stuck. No movement. And you wonder if you’ll ever get moving again. If you’re there right now then follow these life lessons from my time in the basket:

  • Don’t panic. Our pilot said getting stalled was not uncommon. It happens. And when it does just relax. Enjoy the view. Look around at the good things you can see.
  • Be watchful for wind. While we watched the scenery around us he watched other ballooners. I was standing by the pilot and he motioned for me to look at one of the other balloons. It was starting to move. He knew it had found a wind current. Sometimes we need to be alert to find what is moving and go there. It may be a job market. It may be a person whose life seems on track when yours seems off. You might need to catch your wind in another place.
  • Make a move. When we were stalled our pilot said, after some time of not moving at all, “It’s time to go either up or down. We’ll have to make a move.” Since the other balloon that was moving was below us we went down. In life there is a time to take a step in some direction. It may be a step of faith but God works with movement. If you’ve been stalled out too long then make a move and see what happens.

Once we moved down we caught the wind current and began moving towards the place our flight would end. Our pilot brought us in to a bumpy but safe landing. And he left us with some good advice for life.

Trust me. I’m not just full of hot air.

Question: If you are stalled out in some area of your life what is the next thing you need to do?



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