Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot just by watching”. Like many of his famous quotes, its seems to not mean much. But just like with the concept of active listening, if we don’t practice “active watching” we may not see all we need to see.
We all experience the world from our personal perspective. We are drawn to things that match our interest, and we pay less attention to things that we don’t really care about. There is a real skill to observing with a filter toward safety. It’s a combination or processing a lot of visual cues and considering what could go wrong in a particular situation.
There are many observations that could save your life.
- When you take your seat in an airplane, count the rows to the emergency exit. If you need the exit, you might not be able to see it.
- In your work area, do you know where the nearest fire alarm pull is?
- How about the nearest hose or extinguisher?
Sometimes the simplest observations are the most important.
Do you have a simple-to-observe tip to share like those above? Please pass it along in the comments.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there!