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7 Reasons to Take Necessary Precautions

Airbus_a300_safety_cardI travel a bit with my job. When airline attendants request attention of the passengers for pre-flight safety instructions, I’ll admit I don’t always pay attention. I already know how to adjust the seat belt, and I think I know what to do when the oxygen mask falls. Everything else, well, I probably hope I don’t need to know that.

Because I’ve had very few injuries in daily or routine activities, I rarely look at how to make my performance safer. With my son’s wedding this weekend, I got to thinking about why you should, at least once in a while, take a look at some of the most hazardous things we do and identify improvements.

  1. It’s the right thing to do
  2. We are self-protective by nature, but we are not inherently able to identify hazards
  3. You owe your family you best self at all times
  4. You owe your employer your best professional self at work
  5. You owe yourself the opportunity to reach your potential
  6. You make a difference
  7. You want to see your children grow into adults, and watch them become their own best selves

My daughter and my older son have both asked me to perform their wedding ceremonies, and for that I am grateful. I would not have imagined how impactful it was for me to do that, and it would be a shame to not have been able to do so.

I have another son in college, and a most amazing wife, so I need to continue to work and live as safely as possible, and to take the best care of this one body I have.

What are your reasons to be your best self? Is any excuse to do less good enough?

Let’s be careful out there!

Anna at abdpbt is responsible for the effort to Fight Listless Mondays. Find other list links on her blog. Her lists are more clever. Lots.

3 Responses to 7 Reasons to Take Necessary Precautions

  1. abdpbtNo Gravatar says:

    Are you a minister? that’s very cool you got to officiate at your kids’ weddings!


    TimNo Gravatar Reply:

    When we were married, my wife’s children were 8 and 5. So when the oldest got married 6 years ago, she wanted her biological father and I to both play a part. It was her idea that I officiate. One online ordination and we were good to go. 6 years later and her brother asked me to do the same. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, hence the list about the importance of taking precautions.


  2. AlexisNo Gravatar says:

    Cool beans on being ordained, what a wonderful way to participate in those special days.

    Thanks for this “heads up” list. I realize I spend so much time worrying about the health and safety of my kids, maybe I get lax about my own. In the long run, keeping myself here and functioning is probably the best thing I can do for them.


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