One of the things that accompanied me, followed me, surrounded me, wrapped me is that feeling of gratitude for whatever happens. That event was like being picked up by the scruff of the neck and shaken. And God says, "This is your only life! Just be grateful for it. Just be grateful that you've got these days and these hours and these wonderful people in your life. Just be grateful for that."
Martha Conant reflects on the aftermath of surviving a plane crash in the book
Listening Is An Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the Storycorps Project by Dave Isay.