Facing Fear (8): Witnessing an Accident
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Facing this fear happened a few days ago, but I've been thinking about it a lot so I'll be counting it as yesterday's fear for my personal challenge of doing something that scares me every day.
I live in a neighborhood (Palolo for the Hawaii Sparkers!) with overhead power lines that bisect the street. As I was driving home the other day, I noticed a cable come loose, swing toward the ground, and clothesline the neck of a girl riding a moped directly in front of my car. It pulled her off of her moped. She went one way and the moped went the other. Fortunately, I and the other cars behind me were driving slowly enough to avoid hitting her or each other. Several of us pulled over to make sure the girl was OK. Fortunately, she was alright. She was wearing a helmet, she didn't break any bones in her fall, and the cable was for television and not electric power so she wasn't electrocuted.
She was so fortunate to escape disaster! I feel fortunate, too. I'm sure witnessing a tragedy would have marred me.
My take home message was that life can be random and unpredictable! I would never have thought to worry about falling cables before - and I can't worry about them now! We need to savor every moment of life because it's fragile and precious. It's MUCH too short to waste time being anything less than the best we can be!