By: C. Steven Weirich
Safety first, right?
It’s what we have been taught since we were little babies. Err on the side of caution is how the saying goes, I believe.
As our son, Wynston who is seven months old now, starts to grow he becomes more curious. He is crawling around everywhere getting himself into anything and everything. It is kind of amusing. If I or Jenn turn our back for more than 30 seconds he is into something he shouldn’t be.
As parents we are supposed to be the guiding light for our little ones. Teaching them when to put the foot on the gas pedal and when to put on the breaks. But I believe too much safety can be too much.
Most of you reading this “Weekly Notions…” grew up before we went hyper sensitive with kids. Nowadays when you see a kid riding his or her bike down the street they look like Robocop. They wear helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, and whatever else you can think of. Pretty soon they will be wearing armored jousting suites with just a little peep hole to see out of.
Okay, I know I am exaggerating to make a point. Call it a metaphor if you will.
Is there such a thing as being too safe?
I believe so.
When a child takes a ride around on their bike all geared up looking like they are headed to combat, it gives them a false sense of security. It gives them the (Notion) that they can’t get hurt with all that gear on. I believe it promotes MORE risk taking.
I do, however, get it. It’s the times we live in. If your child is riding around with no safety equipment on you will be wearing the Scarlett letter on your chest as a parent. Your neighbors will be saying under their breath, “I can’t believe they don’t have protective equipment on little Johnnie. The Smiths are bad parents.”
As kids, we didn’t have all the protective gear to wear when we hit the road to a friend’s house. Did we do stupid sh*t? Of course we did, it’s what kids do. It is what they are supposed to do.
I don’t know about you? But when I took a spill because I was trying something risky I thought twice about doing it again. I felt the effects of the falls I took. Those bumps, bruises, scrapes, gravel hands, and rung bells stuck with me. I think if I would have had the gear kids have today, I would have been doing crazier stunts and taking more risks than I actually did.
This reminds me of this past week, I had Pat O’Donnell of Hearth & Home on The Arlington-Prospect Advice Givers ® Podcast/Show. Hearth & Home has over 5,000 sq. feet of showroom highlighting all of their beautiful fireplaces. I recommend you go check it out. Here is their website.
Pat stresses throughout the interview the importance of safety when purchasing a fireplace for your home. When we think of the appliances in our dwellings like dishwashers, ovens, washing machines and dryers we always seem to be concerned with their age. A question Pat poses in our interview is, why aren’t we more concerned with the age of our fireplaces?
With summer quickly coming to an end now is the time to act. Before you know it, many of us will be around the fireplace on a cold winters night enjoying each other’s company. Before you get your fireplace back up and running be sure to tune into episode 72 of the Podcast with Pat O’Donnell. This information is valuable to you. Not only are you going to learn about the importance of safety, you’re also going to learn how an efficient fireplace will make your nights huddled up around the fire more enjoyable.
In my real estate business, I try to minimize the risks, by not letting uncontrolled fires burn. This is where being safe (wearing all the gear) can pay off to maximize your profit. I have all my home sellers go through a thorough diagnosis of their property before putting it on the market. This process, AKA, The Value Drive Approach to Sell Real Estate A practical guide to protect yourself from REAL ESTATE GREED by thinking like Warren Buffet is my safety standard I use to get my clients a superior result when selling their home.
As our son, Wynston, continues to grow we know tons of new experiences are right around the corner, like walking. We can’t wait for this, LOL! It is our job to keep him safe but not too safe that he doesn’t learn the valuable life lessons we learn each and every day by taking some risks.
As the saying goes… “erring on the side of caution” is definitely a good way to live. But remember, a little risk won’t hurt you either. Because our biggest bumps and bruises in life usually teach us the biggest lessons.
Here’s to a good week!
C Steven Weirich
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