Archive for category STOP Cutting Corners

Incognito

Have you ever done something that you just want to go and hide and ignore that it ever happened? Maybe go incognito and no one will even notice. One of the huge barriers I constructed in my mind after my injury was how gruesome my hand looked with two amputated fingers and a deformed middle […]

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A life-altering injury

What does a life-altering injury look like? An injury looks different from many different vantage points. Last year I was “handed” a huge compliment, “If anyone asked me what a life altering injury looks like I will tell them about your story.” The goal of my crusade is to provide a deep enough glimpse of […]

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Just Visiting an Injury

On December 17, 2015 I went in for third operation on my hand. For seven years I had a stitch poking into my skin from inside my thumb knuckle. Every time I bumped or brushed my thumb it was like getting poked with a toothpick, or maybe more like a fork. The stitches required at […]

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The Force and Hazardous Ingenuity

I remember the original Star Wars. Being a kid a playing with a light sabre, well I didn’t have a light sabre, but surprising what imagination and a little ingenuity can provide. To an eleven year old fluorescent light bulbs look a lot like a light sabre without the handle. I remember the Saturday afternoon […]

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I missed my Anniversary!

Well, it finally happened. November 22 was my anniversary and I forgot to celebrate it. The day came and went and I didn’t even realize until nearly a week had passed. Whether you believe it or not, it was a good thing. Most of you are likely thinking I was in the doghouse on this […]

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Farm Safety

I grew up on a family farm, well actually in a small town, but we had a family farm. I know that seeding and harvest are very busy times! I know that we often look to cut corners to make our list of tasks go quicker. I was recently having lunch with a farmer and […]

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Seven Finger Typist

One of the things I attempt to convey during my safety talks is that an injury impacts you in many ways. It isn’t just the injuries where your life is in peril that impact you, but surprisingly an injury doesn’t need to be all that significant to change the way we function. After my injury […]

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Getting Back Up

How do you get back up after life knocks you down? Since I started speaking to others about safety and learning from failure, one phrase I’ve heard over and over again is you’ve turned “Lemons into Lemonade”. I’ve even used it myself and I guess it’s actually quite fitting. Trust me, it took a lot […]

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Losing my Grip

There are many things in life that we just take for granted. Things that we just assume we’ll always know how to do. I learned how to water ski at Katepwa Lake while visiting my cousins at their cabin when I was about 13 years old. My first introduction to water skiing was watching one […]

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Pickin’ Raspberries

I find it interesting to step back some times and realize how much we are able to adapt. I often share about adaptation because it takes us past feeling sorry for our situation to the realization that some things may be different in our future. Adaptation may not be necessary because of an injury, but […]

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