The BodyBag – A Personal Wellness Tip…

The BodyBag – A Personal Wellness Tip…

Times are tough

This post is actually a note I sent to all of my Relentless Safety subscribers shortly after Christmas. With 2020 being the shitshow it is, I figured there were probably a few more people that could use this sage advice given to me by one of my closest freinds.

Just think. If you had already subscribed, you would have had this months ago 😉

Throw your S#!t in a ditch on the way home!

Don’t litter though. Litterbugs aren’t cool.

That tagline above refers to a piece of advice my good friend Jason Lucas (creator of the #socialmediasafetyminute and co-host of the Safety Justice League Podcast) gave me one morning. He and I chat regularly about business, but the conversation we had that day was geared more toward supporting each other. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’d been struggling with a few stressful situations at work. Jason patiently listened, offered a few similar examples from his own experience, and then he challenged me to do something about it.

He told me to imagine all of the crap I was dealing with as tangible things I could pack into a duffel bag. On my way home that night, he instructed, I was to find a landmark that I drive past every day on my way to and from work and toss the duffel bag out the window. I would then pick it up on my way in the next morning.

While that might seem like a silly exercise on the surface, I’d encourage each of you to try it. Sometimes all of our baggage follows us everywhere. We take it home to our families and let it run around the living room with no pants on screaming at us about how terrible we are at life. But that’s really not fair, or true. If you’re reading this post right now, you’re infinitely more blessed than almost anyone else in the history of mankind (seriously, history has been a bitch).

That little mind game has been a breath of fresh air for me. I’d tell you more about the negative thoughts it has freed me from, but that shit’s in a duffel bag in a ditch by the rock sign until tomorrow morning. For a little added fun, I designed my duffel bag to look a little bit like a BodyBag just to freak anyone out who might happen upon my imaginary creation (how trippy would that be?).

I wish you all a safe week and a great holiday weekend. If you’re carrying too much baggage with you today, go find a ditch to throw it in.

If you’re new to this blog, let me introduce myself. My name is Jason. I’m a safety professional, podcast host, author, and world-renowned origami artist (that’s a lie). If you’re NOT new to this blog, go buy my book… it’s like this but multiplied by the power of unicorn tears. In any case, I hope you enjoy the content here. Please like, share, and join in the discussion as we all pursue Relentless Safety.

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Safety is Just a Part of… LIFE?

The picture will make sense once you listen

In safety it’s so easy to get bogged down with bueurocracy and red tape. It’s such a common pitfall that we often loose our way (everyone’s guilty) and start looking for what’s wrong with people. We focus on the “stupid” things people do. We harp on “carelessness” and berate “unsafe behavior.”

Here’s the thing, though. Wouldn’t the world (and humanity) look a little different if we tried to see things through someone else’s point of view? Not just saying it, but truly understanding.

I have a feeling we would “manage” safety a lot differently if we did.

P.S. The podcast episode below is a recorded version of THIS POST. It really takes on a new life when “Lil Stabby” herself takes the mic.

P.P.S. I hope you can hear the sarcasm in my quotation marks.

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Relentless Safety Live!

At the time of the recording anyway.

Who doesn’t love a good, well performed audio book?

I have to admit, recording these blog posts gives them new life for me. Check out my latest audio #safetysnakebite and let me know what you think.

If you’re new to this blog, let me introduce myself. My name is Jason. I’m a safety professional, podcast host, author, and world-renowned origami artist (that’s a lie). If you’re NOT new to this blog, go buy my book… it’s like this but multiplied by the power of unicorn tears. In any case, I hope you enjoy the content here. Please like, share, and join in the discussion as we all pursue Relentless Safety.

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When Ron Gantt Ate A Frito Pie: On Safety & Common Sense

Who doesn’t love a Frito Pie?

Well for starters, Ron Gantt didn’t until recently. I can say that with a high degree of certainty because prior to February 28th of 2020, he’d never had one. Let me back up a bit…

Before the world went completely bats#!t crazy I had the honor of having lunch with Ron along with Marc Yeston and the one and only Dr. Todd Conklin. I’d never been to the restaurant before, so on my way into town I stopped to gas up and call Ron for directions. When he picked up, the first thing I heard was Todd loudly proclaim:

“Ron’s never had a Frito Pie. We need to fix that!”

So, I ended up at a nice diner in downtown Santa Fe where Frito Pie was a staple. It was a great lunch.

Then I got to thinking

“Common Sense” could easily lead someone to think that a snack food as quintessential as Frito Pie would be known to most adults living in this country in the year 2020. The thing is, that version of “Common Sense” is only valid to someone who has eaten a pile of corn chips smothered in chili and cheese.

Believe it or not, that thought has been stuck in my head since that day. Ron and I have discussed it a few times since and it strikes me that eating Frito Pie is a lot like work. And not simply because of the “chore” that becomes necessary shortly after you eat one. Its a representation of perspective, communication, and understanding.

Experience may does vary

One of the most common pitfalls in human communication is assumption. We’re hard wired to do it though… Think about it. How many times have you had a conversation with someone who is ten topics ahead of you yet provided no context to what they are talking about? My wife and I do it to each other so often that we’ve gotten in the habit of telling the other “I’m not in there” (as in, inside your brain).

The truth is everyone sees, feels, smells, hears, and touches the world through their own, unique lens. Even experiences shared amongst close friends and loved ones are perceived differently by every single participant. You will never know how I see the world, nor will I you. That’s part of what makes us great. But its also what makes us cynical.

Enter work…

Here’s where this idea gets interesting. It’s such a simple concept, but it is so so hard to practice. If it’s true that every person’s experience is unique, then everyone you meet knows things you don’t. That part is easy enough to digest… But think about it the next time someone does something undesirable at work. It could be anything: performing a task sub-optimally, breaking a rule, triggering an incident (with or without injury). If that person’s life experience is truly different than yours (and it is), then you have NO IDEA why that person behaved a certain way in a certain circumstance. Chances are you will never find out why if you simply believe the person should have known better.

Allow yourself to reflect on that for a while. Then ask yourself if your judgement of the actions of others really fits the context they were living in before the undesirable thing happened. It may just change the way you look at the way work (and maybe even the world) works.

But wait… There’s more!!!

Ron and I recorded a really great conversation about work a while back. It’s something everyone in the safety field should take a listen to. Check it out and let me know what you think (don’t forget to like, subscribe, and share)!

If you’re new to this blog, let me introduce myself. My name is Jason. I’m a safety professional, podcast host, author, and world-renowned origami artist (that’s a lie). If you’re NOT new to this blog, go buy my book… it’s like this but multiplied by the power of unicorn tears. In any case, I hope you enjoy the content here. Please like, share, and join in the discussion as we all pursue Relentless Safety.

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