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As a little boy I was taught before crossing the street to look left, then right, then left. I taught the same lesson to my children when they were little.

Look left, look right then look left again. It works. It makes sense. It saves lives. It is true … if you live where people drive on the right side of the road. However, if you are in England where they drive on the left side of the road, if you look left, right, then left you might step right in front of a speeding car. How do I know this? Because I was in England last week and I had a few close calls.

In England, you have to do it differently. They even have signs on the curbs in some places reminding foreigners to, “Look Right.” The picture below is my wife Jane doing what we did often, looking left out of habit instead of looking right to avoid getting hit.

Why am I writing about this?

I think sometimes the life lessons we have learned need to be modified a bit to fit our current situation. The principles are totally fine. The problem is if you are locked in with no room to adapt you might be set up for failure. We have to learn to contextualize the lessons because if we don’t, it can prove fatal to us.

Part of the secret to living a big life is to take the great principles we were taught to live by and adjust them to fit into our 21st century world.

Sometimes small adjustments can mean the difference between crossing the road safely or becoming a hood ornament on a car. 🙂

Look Right Before You Cross the Street

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