Are you Safe or Just Lucky?

red-dice_90If you ever walked out of a casino with more money than you came in with or had a kinship to an Irish leprechaun you just might have luck on your side.  Too bad being lucky isn’t bestowed on us for living a respectable life.  For most of us who neither have the perpetual luck of the Irish nor have made more donations to casinos than withdrawals, feeling lucky isn’t a safe bet.

How many times in the past have you said to yourself, “That was a close call?” It doesn’t matter if you’re doing things around the house or at work – accidents can happen.

Ever hear about some innocent person who was killed or severely injured at work or on the road from just being at the wrong place at the wrong time?  Sure, we all have.  Unfortunately, those folks had little or nothing to do with their suffering or tragic outcome.  Most would say they had no control over the stupid mistakes made by others.  Or could they have?  That’s an interesting question.   Think about it!

During the course of our busy lives, whether at work or while driving around town, we do have control, albeit limited, if we’re not watching out for “the other person.”   So there you have it!  Have what you say?  Ever hear of the word proactive?  Defined as serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult one.  That’s not to say that even if we’re the most proactive person that some unexpected harm or accident will find its way to intersect with us during the course of our lives.

So what’s the point?  The point of this “Are you safe or just lucky” message, is that we all possess the ability to perform, whatever it is we’re doing, in the safest possible manner, and to ensure we follow established and taught safety rules.  Yes, that means whether at work, at home, at play, or while we’re driving, we need to avoid taking shortcuts, or in safety jargon, “deviating from known safe practices” to avoid an accident.  So the next time you’re feeling “lucky,” I hope it’s at a casino, racetrack, playing a board game or the lottery, and not doing a task that requires your undivided attention.

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