I was just following her

September 29, 2014 admin

A woman approached the corner of the busy, urban intersection. As she waited for the “walk” sign, a second woman walked up, leaned into the street and boldly crossed despite the “don’t walk” sign.

A few seconds later, another woman approached the same corner and without looking both ways blindly followed the second woman into the street, completely unaware of a speeding car approaching the intersection from the left.

“Stop – you can’t go!” yelled the first woman, grabbing her shoulder. “There’s a car coming!”

“Oh, thank you!” said the grateful but shaken woman. She pointed at the second woman who’d made it across despite her risky decision.  ”I was just following her.”

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Even as adults, it can be easy and tempting to follow bold, provocative people into risky situations.  If we sometimes find it difficult to stop and reflect as adults, imagine how challenging it is for our children, in particular our teens and tweens, whose young brains are not fully formed. In these uber-busy, hyper competitive times, let’s remind each other to slow down, to take the long view in the short term, and to reflect on the choices we are making on a daily basis for ourselves and for our kids.

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