I started the day by doing a volunteer project with an amazing 82-year young friend. Her spirit and strength amaze me. The love of her life went home to the Lord a little over a year ago and she has her moments, but her attitude remains positive and she has spunk!
She wakes early, works hard and trusts God. She also is a walker. During our time together, we talked about how some of her friends are concerned that she walks alone. I asked her if she were ever afraid and she replied that she trusts her Savior and she tries to do smart things. Then, she shared with me how she walks. She has her walking stick in one hand and a can of wasp spray in the other.
Wasp spray! It makes perfect sense. The spray is toxic; it shoots 15-20 feet out of the can; and, being hit by it would be a shock to wasp or human alike.
After America was attacked on September 11, 2001, we all traveled without scissors and knitting needles. But, most of my friends had their own creative form of personal defense with them – gardening gloves, baseballs, a sharpened key on their key ring, and who knows what else.
We are all more careful about personal safety than we were before 911.
And at work, we talked more about personal safety. Before I retired, we had to take an on-line training course on travel safety. It was an interesting task. During an hour-long session, the student was on a virtual business trip that involved every possible threat imaginable – airplane hijackers, bombs under the rental car, a terrorist breaking down your hotel room door….well, you get the point. It was a little silly, but it made me think.
While the government training course focused on safety while traveling, I personally was more concerned about my own safety leaving the building where I worked. Most exits had brick steps that were often covered with wet leaves. As I left the building walking down those steps, I would hold the hand rail tightly, persuaded fully that if I fell my head would break open like a melon as it bounced on those bricks.
Are those you lead safe? Have you asked them about their own concerns?
Proverbs 27:23 reminds us “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds…”
Do you know what concerns your people? Could you eliminate a safety hazard, inspiring your workforce and avoiding future incidents?