Posted by: David D. Daggett | April 18, 2011

Eyes Open Wide…Or Shut Tight?

Eyes Open Wide…Or Shut Tight?

        Long distance training and racing can be a real eye opener, particularly if our eyes were shut during preparation and training. Life tends to be the same way.

"Street Smart"

        Last week as part of our Safe Sober Prom Night campaign we presented the nationally acclaimed Street Smart program to ten area high schools. Of course they addressed drug and alcohol use, but most of their presentation focused on seatbelt usage.

        In every school virtually 100 percent of all students, teachers, and administrators raised their hand to the question “How many of you do not wear your seatbelt every single time you get in a car whether it is front seat, back seat, or a taxi; and, make sure that every other passenger and/or driver does too?”

       Interestingly, in my 21 years of the Safe Sober Prom Night program, making presentations, speaking with student groups, speaking with parent groups, speaking with educators, and speaking with community groups it seems we sometimes get resistance in the form of “We don’t need this.” Quite frankly that is shutting our eyes to the realities that are in front of us.

       In teaching and leading students, as well as all other aspects of our lives, we always need to have our eyes open to the realities as well as the possibilities life has to offer. Shutting our eyes and pretending that an issue, problem, or an aspirational opportunity does not exist is a formula for the disaster on one end of the spectrum and missed opportunities on the other.

       We need to have our eyes open wide so that we see what we need to see, do what we need to do, and aspire to be the best we can be. Shutting our eyes is a selfish choice that limits the possibilities and puts us at risk needlessly for ourselves and others. Let us move forward optimistically with our eyes wide open for the betterment of us and others.

Eyes opened,


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