Anger & Frustration

Two of the emotions you are bound to encounter when dealing with loss or the fallout from an injury are anger and frustration. My daughter came in the house visibly upset, “I’m so mad, I can’t believe what I just did!” My wife and I came running as my daughter continued, “I’m so stupid! … […]

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Gratitude

Part of my STOP Cutting Corners presentation is the revealing of an emotional journey that comes about when dealing with a serious injury. Although the journey started with Disbelief, Anger and Frustration, the final destination I leave audiences with is “Gratitude”. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to share with as many people […]

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A Step Away From Disaster!

I have tweeted a number of times related to vehicle safety, but the harsh reality is that driving a vehicle is likely the most dangerous activity that most people engage in. The term “cutting corners” originated during the horse and buggy days when cutting a corner was quite dangerous. A similar danger would still exist […]

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Time passes; wounds mend

On November 22, 2011 it was 3 years since my injury. At first I measured distance from my injury in hours, then days and now finally years. I suppose it’s long enough to forget certain aspects, but short enough to remember the impact. Time heals wounds, but often it’s the scars that remind us of […]

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Was it a Freak Accident?

Words people use can have a significant impact on us. Of course you’re all familiar with “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”, but have you heard that “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue”? There is a lot of power in words. After an injury […]

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Spring Forward, Fall Back!

Saskatchewan is a province that doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time and our safety statistics indicate we often don’t observe safety hazards. Falls are the most common cause of injuries. I know that I have taken unwarranted risks in the past that could’ve resulted in falling from a significant height. I realize that there are many […]

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Bell Pepper Breakfast & Safety Programs

It might seem like a strange correlation, but allow me some leeway and I’ll explain how Bell Peppers and Safety Programs relate. This story starts back in the spring because in order to get a harvest one must first sow seeds. My first step in the process was to purchase a plant from Wayne Ward’s […]

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You givin’ me the Finger?

Okay you’ve all noticed it … some of you have even been brave enough to say it. I have to watch how I wave to people because of it. The newly adjusted configuration of my hand looks like I’m constantly giving the finger, flippin’ the bird or givin’ the Trudeau salute. I felt kind of […]

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Adaptation

“What separates people … is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.” – states Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. Part of “dealing with difficulties” is training yourself how to adapt to the limitations that have been placed upon you. Some people say […]

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How serious is a Hand injury?

Warning – You may prefer to skip this blog if you have a weak stomach since it contains graphic photos and a video of my hand injury.  It may be unlikely that you would die from a hand injury, but a hand injury can have a very significant impact on your life. Stop to consider the importance […]

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