It was one of those teachable moments my papa and I had a long time ago after one of the many disappointments which occur to all kids as they grow up. In this case his advice went something like “Son, the shortest distance between two points is always under construction.” I guess nowadays we’d call it Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
And so over the years we all get caught in the construction zones of life, and we all make it through them. To do so we must not give up on the goals we have in our minds, in our lives. If you ladies are headed to an outlet mall or you guys toward a favorite fishing hole there is no amount of construction that can deter you – detour you maybe, but definitely not deter. The same is true for the life goals we set for ourselves both on and off the job. The safety profession is filled with challenges and we have all experienced the setbacks we call injuries as well as career changes that have us wondering will it ever end? Will we ever get there?
Sure, there are hardships. However, you do have the skills and background and tenacity that have been built up over the years of both adversity and success. The safety professionals I have had the pleasure to work with have all been committed to delivering the good and to staying in the game with the tenacity it takes to do so. Keep up the good fight, work through the detours and construction zones in your life. It is worth doing so.