Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Decrease the Risk?

Watching the news in Vancouver lately, you would have heard and seen a lot about this past week and the several horrifying accidents that have happened in the lower mainland. That said, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends that were affected by the three incidents below.

Last Friday evening, a group of more than 30 people were walking together towards a home as part of a traditional Indian wedding celebration when they were hit by a truck. The driver of a pickup truck plowed into a crowd of people along a rural road in Abbotsford - killing six people and injuring 17 others.

Also on Friday night, two women, a mother and her daughter, were killed and 11 others injured as a hot-air balloon went up in flames from a unexpected explosion.

And then just three days later on Tuesday, a 37-year-old died when he had complications with his parachute during his second skydiving attempt.

They say that things happen in three's and apparently for the lower mainland these were them! All events extremely disturbing and frightening. Unfortunately, although we will grieve and pray for the families, life must go on. And that is the purpose of today's blog.

When people see this plastered all over the news, the newspaper, on the radio, on the intranet...life is put on hold. People fear. We fear that this could have been us. We tell ourselves that we will never try or do any of these ever again. And we might not. But before we say it...we must evaluate and understand the risk and percentage of incidence.

Looking at these three examples...we might pick a different mode of travel than a hot air ballon but how often are there hot air ballon tragedies? What are the chances that your parachute will not open when skydiving? Or you get hit randomly by a car during a walk across the street?

Well, I can tell you one thing...if you put yourself in a greater risk, you must be prepared for the consequence. So, make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into before you do it...And at the same time, don't put your life on hold because you fear the unexpected. If you do... you will end up fearing the idea of crossing the street!

Live life. Enjoy Life.

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