The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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Accidents Happen, but….

Several years ago I read a book entitled:  Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales.   My take away from the book was that accidents often happen on the edge of life, where we push just a bit too far.

You are cleaning the gutters on the house while standing on a ladder.  If you could reach another foot, you can finish the job without climbing down, resetting the ladder, and climbing back up.  That extra foot of reach is where an accident is more likely to happen.

You go up into the attic to retrieve Christmas decorations.  Carry a few extra items will get all you need in one load.  Now you are focused on carrying instead of climbing.  It’s much easier to lose control, drop something or fall.

In yesterday’s accidents, 5 mph too much speed may have been the difference between stopping and crashing.

Accidents happen, but we increase the likelihood by stretching safety just an inch too far or 1 mph too fast.  People “survive” accidents by avoiding simple, risky behavior.

Having had  the night to think about yesterday’s accident I realize I violated a personal commitment not to be the guy who reaches to far, carries too much, or goes too fast.  What a reminder.

It’s threatening a storm this morning.  We won’t leave until noon in order to let it pass.  I’m off to buy another helmet.  It will be a good one.


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