Danger Signs. Don’t Ignore What Your Gut is Telling You

(Read in less than :03)“It doesn’t pay to ignore warnings. Even when they don’t make sense.”~Debra Doyle

You see them everywhere. Caution. Danger. On bridges and mountain roads. For instance, they appear on soda cans. And look closely, you’ll find them on packages of cigarettes and bottles of alcohol. Warning labels of potential hazards to safety and health.

Sometimes warnings appear as lights, like the ones on your dashboard. Or human sign posts like flag men holdings signs that tell us to slow down. Sometimes a warning is as graphic as a skull and crossbones. Do the warning labels, the danger signs or the signal lights always work? If only.

Danger and warning labels according to Wikipedia

“A warning label is a label attached to an item, or contained in an item’s instruction manual, warning the user about risks associated with the use of the item, and may include restrictions by the manufacturer or seller on certain uses. Most of them are placed to limit civil liability in lawsuits against the item’s manufacturer or seller (emphasis mine). That sometimes results in labels which for some people seem to state the obvious.” For example, the one telling us not to eat the silica gel package that came inside our tennis shoes. Yikes! In all sincerity, it makes us wonder just who are they are protecting, doesn’t it?

What if life came with warning labels?

Earlier, I got thinking, how handy would be if there were warning labels on people. Like for instance, “Warning, this man is full of lies and will break your heart.” Or how about, “Caution, you will regret signing this contract without consulting an attorney.”

Wouldn’t it be great if a light came on that said, “You are about to enter into a business relationship you will regret.” Or, “Danger, do not ignore what your child is telling you.”

There are and always have been signs that caution us to think twice before making the next move. The trouble is either we don’t hear them in the roar of life or we ignore them like the “check engine” light that’s been on our dashboard for weeks.

So what is the solution? Mindfulness, slowing down, listening, thinking twice. Old Ben Franklin was right when he penned the famous line, “Haste makes waste.” I’d like nothing more than to offer you a simple solution, some switch we could flip that made us pay attention. I will offer you this nugget of wisdom which, incidentally, has been attributed to at least a half dozen people as I have tried to track down the source. It’s a dandy.

“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience, well, that comes from poor judgment.”

But my favorite bit of advice on the subject is from the very wise Nelson Mandela.“I never lose. I either win or I learn.” 

Keep cool, have an awesome weekend. See you Monday!


  • Patricia A. Johnson

    Nelson Mandela.“I never lose. I either win or I learn.” That sums it up right there in a positive way and thank you for sharing that bit of advice. If you look at the issue that is presenting itself as an opportunity to learn instead of losing then the issue takes on a different look. I applied that to my separation and pending divorce today with that bit of advice and indeed it took on a different look.

    “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience, well, that comes from poor judgment.”

    Turning it around and looking forward in a more positive light.

    • Betty Streff

      Way to go! You’re on your way to seeing things in a whole new light!

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