I 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.
- It’s the right thing to do
- We are self-protective by nature, but we are not inherently able to identify hazards
- You owe your family you best self at all times
- You owe your employer your best professional self at work
- You owe yourself the opportunity to reach your potential
- You make a difference
- 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!
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