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Five Life Lessons from Balloons

The world loves hot air balloons. Who cannot be lifted when they see a colorful hot air balloon in the sky? Years ago I dated a hot air balloon pilot and retain many great memories of the many adventures. It was fascinating to see people's initial reaction to being up in the air suspended only by a small amount of wicker underfoot. Yet it was also amazing to see the transformation of everyone's horizon as we quietly traversed across the open rural lands. The bird's eye perspective taught me many things. The old saying of not seeing the forest for the sees reminds me daily to make decision from the highest elevation possible. Long ago a wise work associate taught me the best decisions are made in the box seats of the Opera House. The global perspective of what is best is seen clearly when we rise above our lowly station and view the problem as an opportunity from a wider lens.

I retained many memories from these adventures and wish to share with you some insights into what those many adventures taught me.

Before we begin I must caution you a neighbor of mine thought hot air balloons were nothing more than pushing a button and launching. For those who have tried hot air ballooning, you know the team effort that is needed. The coordination of the land crew is mini screw compared to the team effort to lay out the balloons and position the hot air for its launch. The burners are a safety item always and the world is filled with thousands of miles of fence and power lines that make landing very treacherous. Hot air ballooning is truly a sport that demands a skilled and careful pilot, calm winds and the proper launch field and a safe landing field. These many mechanical needs remind of what life is like and how we must maneuver and take cover during high winds and sail when the winds are favorable.

Hot Air Balloon - Happy Turtle

Happy Hot Air Balloon Turtle in Bright Orange and Yellow

Happy Hot Air Balloon Turtle in Bright Orange and Yellow

Life Lessons from Balloons

  1. Life can inflate you or deflate you. The power comes only from within.
  2. An inflated balloon looks and acts younger.
  3. Momentum begets momentum.
  4. Breathing is important, oxygen is essential to our health - take a deep breath.
  5. Our muscles respond like an inflated balloon.

Daisy Hot Air Balloon

Daisy Hot Air Balloon Smile and Wink

Daisy Hot Air Balloon Smile and Wink

Hot Air Balloon at Day Break with Orange and Yellow

Hot Air Balloon at Day Break with Orange and Yellow

Colorful Hot Air Balloons

Colorful Hot Air Balloons in Japan

Colorful Hot Air Balloons in Japan

Funny Hot Air Baloons with Faces

Funny Hot Air Balloons with Faces

Funny Hot Air Balloons with Faces

Life Can Inflate You or Deflate You - the Power Comes Only From Within

Remember Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and for all her searching the Wizard stated she had the power within her all along. This is the greatest lesson of life. We only limit ourselves. No one can deflate us alone - we must permit them to deflate us. We can overcome any circumstance, any obstacle - the power lies within each and every one of us.

Look at the beautiful balloons and see where they first began and yet the only difference is something intangible, something the eye cannot see - the air that elevates the balloon is similar to our spirit that can readily elevate us or deflate us.

Inflating a Hot Air Baloon

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

An Inflated Balloon Looks and Acts Younger

Ever meet someone you wish to become when you grow old. That sparkle that energy is something all of us must strive for. It comes from moving and inhaling and smiling. The inflated balloon, the aging baby boomer all benefit from a simple breath of fresh air.


Momentum Begets Momentum

When traveling in a balloon if the winds are not with you, the journey is slow. When momentum picks up it brings with it more momentum.

The words of wisdom here is to go with the flow. When the spot light is upon you, when times are good the momentum begets momentum - take advantage of those rare winds and stay the course and enjoy the journey.

Hot Air Balloons at Night

Hot Air Balloons at Night

Hot Air Balloons at Night

Breathing is important, oxygen is essential to our health - take a deep breath

Balloons do not "live" without air. Similar to balloons we as humans look deflated when we are not breathing. Traumas and tribulations deflate us. Breath in deeply, take your mind to a place high above the sky and remember oxygen will heal you mentally and physically.

Our muscles respond like an inflated balloon

Our human body is the most miraculous machine on earth. Nothing else is designed to repair itself, nothing else has the ability to grow by self determination. Our muscles are meant to the stretched and strengthened. If you look at a balloon without air, this is how your body feels without exercise. Add some exercise and the results are amazing.

Five Life Lessons From Balloons

Five Life Lessons From Balloons Colorful Poster with a Grey Owl Balloon

Five Life Lessons From Balloons Colorful Poster with a Grey Owl Balloon

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Balloons and Red Rubber Balls

Hot air balloons remind me of the book written by Kevin Carroll Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. I had the privilege of seeing him speak at a fitness conference in California long away and the book is wonderful but the man is remarkable. It is not very often I find a hero in life to look up to and Kevin is definitely a hero - in fitness, in business and in life.

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work

Share Your Wisdom

Please share with us below your experiences. What have you learned throughout your years? What has touched you? How have you grown?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Kelly A Burnett


SHREENIDHI from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India on September 06, 2019:

Loved your article..quite an interesting read. Its a whole new perspective about life..

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on March 23, 2016:

Hot air ballooning is truly an adventure! I am sure you will have a memorable time!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 01, 2015:

I am fascinated by hot air balloons! I have told my children I'd like to do this for my birthday this year (in September), so I hope my wish will be granted!

Great article that really motivates the reader!

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on March 20, 2015:


Oh, if you have the hot air balloon on your bucket list you really must! It is amazing! White knuckles for the first few minutes but definitely changes your perspective on the world. There is nothing like it in the world. The birds know this adventure too well! Hot air balloons truly are a treat!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 18, 2015:

Great lessons. I especially like the one about the power comes from within. I have riding in a hot air balloon on my bucket list of things to do.

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on December 04, 2014:


Oh, you are in for a delight. It is amazing. The balloon is "run" by hot air. The problem is there is no steering - just lift. So landing needs room, avoiding wires is critical, and the there must be a team. It is truly a sport which demands a chase team.

If you ever have a chance, it is remarkable.

On my bucket list is to get to Albuquerque for the hot air balloons fest where there will be hundreds if not thousands.

Great question - thank you for contributing!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 03, 2014:

i had never seen a real hot air balloon. Isn't it risky that it might fall down when it blows out?

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on November 23, 2013:


Oh, hot air ballooning is fun! Yes, everyone has white knuckles at first and then the wonder of the view takes over and forever changes us! Thank you so much for stopping by. I love your work - so glad that I have found you.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 23, 2013:

Who would have thought that hot air balloons could teach us so much? I never did, until now. I'm always in awe when I see a hot air balloon, I'll never be daring enough to go for a ride, but they are fun to watch.

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on January 02, 2013:

Hi Mary,

The balloons in the air, the heights of our ambitions are all too similar. Staying motivated is similar to hot air - it takes work and perseverance. This is true in customer service, finance and fitness.

I often coach my staff and my instructors, the attitude is the fundamental item - if we can get this right - everything else will flow together.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to ready ore of your hubs and always enjoy your energy.

Mary Roark from Boise area, Idaho on December 28, 2012:

Great analogy of using hot air balloons as lessons in life. I love this watching hot air balloons and now whenever I see them, I will think of these lessons. :o)

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