Proceed With Caution

Even before my feet were ever long enough to reach the peddlers on a vehicle, my grandfather was teaching me lessons that I would carry with me for the rest of my life. One time in particular, we were in his car moving down the street and one stretch of the road had lots of curves with parked cars along either side. Even though this one way street had three lanes to drive in, visibility was difficult while trying to navigate those turns. He told me, ” When you’re driving on a curve, it’s always best to stay in your lane and not try to change or pass other cars because you don’t know what’s up ahead.”

Proceed with Caution

Proceed with Caution (Photo credit: bartmaguire)


Over the years I’ve found this to be excellent advice not only in driving, but also in everyday practice. All too often I have seen many collisions that could have been prevented if only they had followed that same sage advice. Isn’t it interesting that along certain driving terrains you find signs that give that same admonishing?


In life we face many obstacles to our goals and plans. Many times it can seem that the road is clear and we want to go full speed ahead because we have just been given a green light to move. Yet, even when we are just pulling out from an intersection it is never wise to speed off without first observing whether or not the path is clear of anything that might impede your progress.


There are so many curves in life that we cannot see around. No one saw the events of July 20th, 2012. No one saw the events of September 11th, 2001. No one saw the events that led up to the current economic climate we are currently facing. Millions have lost jobs, thousand have suffered an unimaginable financial crisis that they never thought was possible. Many are yet facing loss from family members bing deployed overseas, and even those that have returned are not the same as when they left.


We seldom anticipate these type of things ahead of us. When life is looking great and there are no curves,.the navigation is easy. Yet some curves are proceeded by a sign that lets you know to take precaution as you approach it. When these signs present themselves, do not ignore them, heed them. They are there to make sure that when you do arrive at it, you aren’t caught unaware or unprepared to take the necessary action.


Sometimes the sign will say that there is something hidden, or a bump ahead. Whatever the case may be, slow your roll and give full attention to what is in front of you. This is not the time to try to be slick and fancy, or try to cut corners or out maneuver those near you. That is a sure fire way of endangering not only yourself but them as well. Heed the signs, proceed with caution.


QUESTION: How do you proceed with caution when life throws you a curve?


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