The part in our brain that has the capacity to think of worst case scenarios is called the cerebral cortex. It’s right under the forehead.
Interestingly enough, this area of the brain isn’t mature until the late teens and early twenties. So, when you ask a child to imagine the worst possible result from a choice that they are making, they have difficulty formulating that concept. They literally don’t have the brain maturity to picture it!
We as adults have the ability to imagine worst case scenarios, however, we have something else that kicks in. It is called “Denial”. While we can envision the worst case scenarios, we don’t often like to.
I drive a car. You probably do too. I have insurance. You probably do as well. I don’t have insurance because I am planning on wrecking my car. I have insurance because in the worst case scenario, I value the automobile that I have, and would be seriously inconvenienced if I were to lose that car.
I am also a father to three great kids. What I didn’t realize at the time of my accident, was just how much a worse case scenario for me would affect their lives. It hasn’t been easy to watch my wife labor over me, assisting me in re-learning everything from breathing to eating to getting dressed. It hasn’t been easy to watch her mow my lawn, or teach my boys to play basketball.
These were all things that I valued and wanted to do myself. Things have changed for me. Today it takes me six minutes to put on my sock. I play basketball with a three foot Fisher Price net. I can’t cough on my own.
While I have become more independent than I was originally after my accident, my life will never be the same as it was before. My choice brought me to a worst case scenario, something that I never dreamed would happen to me.
Are you aware of the worst case scenarios around you at your workplace? Are you taking steps to insure that those scenarios are avoided? Are you following measures and procedures that will keep your life intact?
Until next time BELIEVE you can fly!