Posted by: John | June 3, 2013

Throttle Back

Aviation gives us a number of metaphors for living life – the term “Throttle Back,” being one of them. The throttle knob controls the power. Full power (throttle) is needed for take off and many climbing situations. However, upon reaching cruise altitude, the power is reduced (pulled back) to a cruise setting, usually around 75% maximum power. This burns less fuel, allowing greater endurance. The airplane then flies the pilot to a destination. By throttling back, the engine lasts longer.

In our competitive culture, we’re taught to “give 110%.” This all too often leads to burn-out. If we were to “throttle back,” (relax a bit) we would expend less energy, letting life take us where it will. Our engines might last longer as well.

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