Broken mirrors

BrokenMirrorOne of the reasons I like living in Regina is it only takes me about 10 minutes to get to work each morning. In that 10 minute drive I have noticed at least 4 or 5 vehicles that have damaged side mirrors. It’s not the latest winter fad, but it’s happening because the streets have a large amount of snow on the sides and the cars that park on the street are further into the street than usual. As people are driving by their mirrors must be clipping the mirror of the parked cars.

My guess is this smashed mirror syndrome is annoying for both vehicles involved. Who is at fault? Well, if I recall correctly it is not usually the stationary vehicle. Are they somewhat responsible? Sure, they should be off the road as far as possible. If you’re the vehicle moving down the road you the onus is on you to ensure you’re not hitting other vehicles or stationary objects. Though these aren’t major collisions I think we could refer to them as “close calls” or “near misses”. Most of them occur when we are not “in the moment” or not addressing hazards.

I will attempt to compare this to working in hazardous situations. We’re just driving down the road, we aren’t concerned because fear of the situation has been replaced by complacency. We’re certainly not worried about our own mirror (tasks that we complete daily) and the mirror we see approaching (circumstance) doesn’t pose any threat. It’s when we push the limits and try to adjust for the oncoming vehicle (tasks or deadlines) that we lose focus of the hazards.

Has your mirror been shattered? Have you corrected that complacency? Have you been playing so close to the edge you forgot about the dangers that exist? You may be able to pick-up a mirror at automobile salvage, you won’t be so fortunate for other body parts.

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