Recently, as I pulled into the driveway at our office, I saw that we had a visitor. He had parked his car in a place that he considered safe and, to the casual observer, it was parked safely. However, because I know that UPS and FedEx delivery trucks go through our parking lot regularly, I saw a potential problem.
A delivery driver who runs the same route every day can become so accustomed to it that he or she does not see something that is out of the ordinary. I realized that this car was something that was “out of the ordinary”. Although it was parked in a fairly safe place, a driver who was not accustomed to seeing a car parked in that location could possibly come by and hit it.
I went to the individual and explained that because of the nature of the traffic that flows in and out of our driveway, I saw a potential problem. I told him that sometimes the delivery trucks come in and out pretty quickly and they might “clip” the back of his car because it was in a place that they were not used to seeing it. He was more than happy to move it. By the end of the day, all of the trucks had made their pickups and deliveries and there were no accidents in the parking lot.
I know it would be easy for you to think, “You cannot go through life looking for every place that there might be a problem or an accident,” and I would certainly agree with you. But, it has been my experience, especially when it concerns auto accidents that it only takes a minute to be safe in order to avoid the tons of paperwork, headaches and inconveniences that you will experience if an accident does occur.
Life is like that in many regards. If we will take just a minute to see potential difficulties or possible accidents, it will put us in a position to make the necessary corrections in order to avoid the problem altogether.
I am not trying to be negative or pessimistic. I am actually trying to be realistic and careful. I have developed the habit of looking for what could possibly go wrong so that I can be in a better position to make the necessary corrections or the best decision possible. I refuse to live in fear, but I do want to live wisely. Taking that approach allows me to see what could possibly happen so that I can act appropriately to head off the problem before it ever begins.
Although I cannot document how many times this information has helped me, it has become my standard way of thinking because I value my time. I do not want to waste time trying to correct a problem when it could have been avoided with just a little bit of forethought and precaution.
Develop this way of thinking and watch your life get better and easier in the days ahead.
Tip: An ounce of precaution is worth hours of saved time!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm