Close Calls.

I think I broke my wife’s toe.

Last Friday morning, the alarm went off and Barb got out of bed first. Her meeting was before mine, so I got to stay in bed longer. Until I heard the crash. Seems I left my running shoes in the direct path between our bed and the bathroom. In the dark, Barb “encountered” them and went down. Ouch!

The good news is, she didn’t sock me (which I deserved). The bad news is she is now hobbling. The lesson learned is that I have to put my shoes away. But, wait! There’s more!

This isn’t the first time in my life (including my adult life) that I have left my shoes out. I’ve almost “encountered” them myself on many occasions. I ignored these close calls and the end result is Barb got hurt. How many things do we overlook in both our personal and professional lives? What shoes do we have sitting in the middle of the floor waiting to be tripped over?

Close calls offer us opportunities to improve and avoid crisis. When crisis happens, we should not let it go to waste, but find the opportunity in it. My wayward shoes taught me both those lessons. What close calls and crisis can you improve, grow, and thrive out of?

This week’s quote – “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” Dorie Walker from Miracle on 34th Street


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