Accidents

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Last week I received an email regarding an accident that involved an SUV getting rear-ended. A passenger from that SUV wrote that they were happy that they were not traveling in a Prius as the damage or injury might have been larger.

I realized that it is all simply a matter of perspective. What if the SUV gets rear-ended by a Hummer? What if the Hummer gets rear-ended by a delivery truck? What if the delivery truck gets hit by an 18-wheeler? What if the 18-wheeler gets crushed by a 20,000 pound boulder?

We don’t pick and choose who rear-ends us, do we. Unless we cause the accident ourselves by making a driver-error, we don’t have any control over it. Therefore it really doesn’t matter whether we ride in a tank or in a Mini or Pruis. You can drive along the highway to Taos, feeling safe in your giant SUV, but when a 20,000 pound boulder comes rolling down that mountain – you are toast.

In other words, you can keep your SUV, and I’ll stick with my Prius.

I will leave you for today with a story about luck:

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “May be,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “May be,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “May be,” answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “May be,” said the farmer.

I searched for this story as I had heard it before and found it HERE.

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