Archive for category STOP Cutting Corners

Injury Aftermath

Injury Aftermath is an in-depth exploration of the emotional impact of an injury. The physical impacts are usually felt immediately, but often emotional trauma lives long beyond the physical wounds. Injury Aftermath dares to explore and expose the emotional journey embarked upon when a serious injury occurs. My journey began on November 22, 2008. It seemed […]

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Defensive Safety

There are times when the prevention of an injury may lie in someone else’s hands. Protecting yourself from these types of injuries is similar to defensive driving in that you always have to pay attention for other situations around you. This was common practice for me as a motorcyclist and then as a cyclist knowing […]

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Invisible Pedestrians

I’m guilty of it and, I’m guessing, so are a lot of you … I’m not proud of it but sometimes I go to work wearing a black or dark coloured jacket. Once in a while I’ll even wear a dark jacket with dark pants. The title of this story should help you figure out […]

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Thrill Seekers

One of my earlier blogs spoke of how fear can be completely debilitating. I was using an experience I had back in 2001 to demonstrate this point. More specifically, I was in Zimbabwe Africa at Victoria Falls. There were a couple of activities I engaged in that I likely wouldn’t have been at liberty to […]

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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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