Carrying a Heavy Burden? You can Still Fly.

A few years ago, I stepped outside of my home and unexpectedly witnessed what you see here – and it stopped me in my tracks.  It seemed impossible, but it was real.

A huge 747 airplane flew by so low, and so slow that it hardly seemed to be moving.  It appeared to hang in mid-air, defying gravity, and on its back was a space shuttle.

Now, I wasn’t living near a space station; I was in the middle of Orem, Utah at the time and never had any reason to expect to see such a sight out my front door.

I’ve always been baffled by how a Boeing 747 can soar through the air, let alone see it fly after having a heavy space shuttle placed on its back.

There have been times in my life when we have felt heavy financial burdens.  During those times, the dismal numbers made us feel it would be impossible to reach our goal with so much weight on our backs.

My husband and I would set a goal and enthusiastically go for it, but one glance over our shoulder and we’d be instantly discouraged by the burden, lose steam and give up.

What if the 747 pilot did the same thing?  What if he was halfway to his destination, successfully employing all the natural laws to keep the craft soaring, and suddenly glance to its back and think, “Whoa!  That’s too big for me!  I’d better slow down; conserve my fuel, or I might crash!”

The truth is, once the laws of aerodynamics are employed, he needs to remain steady and continue doing all that the laws require until he reaches his destination: keep his speed, tilt the flaps to maintain lift, etc.  Any interruption in his momentum, or pointing his nose down instead of up would likely result in a crash.

Once we learned the laws of success and began applying them with consistency and patience, it became a whole lot easier to keep the momentum long enough to finally get where we were trying to go – even with heavy financial burdens on our backs.

“Blessings are always granted upon obedience to the law upon which those blessings are predicated. I learned in doing surgery that all the prayers in the world could be undone by a single mistake because blessings are predicated upon obedience to laws. Therefore, if you really want a certain blessing, you’d better find out what the laws are that govern that blessing and then work on becoming obedient to those laws (see D&C 130:20–21).” – Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, June, 2005


Learn the laws that govern prosperity, then do something each day toward achieving your goal.  The laws are dependable and sure, and they will support small burdens in the same way they support heavy ones.

But either way, whether you’re trying to fly a paper airplane, or a Boeing 747 with a space shuttle on its back (figuratively speaking), you’ve got to move at the speed of flight. It can’t be done without some thrust.

You also need to face the wind and let it lift you, instead of trying to duck under it.  Follow the laws with precision and consistency, and at the right moment, you’ll arrive at where you wanted to go.

Remember, don’t focus on the burden, focus on the destination, and live in harmony with the laws of prosperity.

Leslie Householder
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5 Responses

  1. I found a quote by Anthony Robbins that I thought really went with this photo “In Essence if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistantly.” Here is to more consistantly living the laws and keeping the momentum in the right direction rather than letting fear and doubt stop our progress

  2. Thanks for the timely writing Leslie. To many, in this economic time, that Space Shuttle has “Christmas” written all over it. You’re so right, it is indeed a time of year when keeping our focus beyond the present additional financial needs and remembering to keep our head high, our minds and hearts set on the true meaning of Christmas is so important. Keep your hands on the rod and your head, heart and actions on living the laws as you know them and this will promise to be your best Christmas ever!

  3. What a perfect sharing today Leslie. This such a great reminder for me today. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am back on my feet and ready to charge forward and fly high. Thank you again.

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