Safety first. That’s my motto. And in this day and age, you can’t be too careful.
My inspiration for writing this post came from a situation where someone in my family recently made a fairly extensive trip alone, without what I consider to be adequate protection. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE MISSY AND IT BETTER NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. I digress.
It’s sad that we have to talk about this. It really is. But unfortunately, as time rolls on we have to become increasingly cautious about where we are, what we’re doing, and who we’re with.
I can give you all the typical safety tips that you see floating around the internet. Don’t get me wrong, they are great tips. Lock your car doors as soon as you get in, stay off your phone in the parking lot, hold your kid’s hand, pay attention to your surroundings. Carry pepper spray, concealed carry, keep a taser, whatever suits you. But I think we’re missing something very important here.
We need to be looking out for each other.
There are going to be days when we are not on top of our game. Maybe you have a really important call just as you’re walking out of the store, your hands are full, and the kids are anxious to get home. Are you really paying attention to your surroundings?
We see people who are distracted all the time….walking out of the store, going in to work, pumping gas at the gas station. Maybe they should be paying more attention.
But at times that person is also you, and is also me. Lives have been saved because of the kindness and concern of people who were worried about the well-being of others.
So let’s be those people!
When you see people who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings, pay attention for them. Yes, keep yourself safe, but also survey the area around you.
When you see something suspicious, take action. Notify the store or station manager, call the police, whatever you need to do.
I still believe that there are more good people in this world than bad. Imagine what can happen if all of the good ones band together to take care of their neighbors.
Make a difference.
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