I spent 5 hours driving home yesterday from Henderson, Nevada - the tame sister of Las Vegas. The last half of the drive was incredibly stressful as I hit torrential rain, slick roads, extremely poor visibility, and crazy drivers who seemed unaffected by these conditions. I was more fortunate than several drivers I passed to have arrived home safely with my vehicle and sanity intact.
I have heard stories from friends in London who are facing bitter cold and severe winter weather, as well as those in the Midwest who recently received a lovely gift of two feet of snow and, of course, all over winter is making itself known. That same winter that arrives each year yet somehow we forget and many of us are ill-prepared for the havoc it inevitably wreaks and the change it evokes in our daily lives, at least until spring.
It was just three or four weeks ago, that my own town had record-breaking high temperatures that everyone complained about, too. We face weather with uncertainty because we must - we cannot predict what it will toss our way. The only thing we can do is try to be prepared for, well.., anything. With a little preparation, we can have a bit more confidence to face what we need to face.
But..., there's also something to be said for knowing when to walk away. Knowing when to come in out of the rain, knowing when to concede to the weather and knowing when it's time to drive more safely and look out for others.
I am sure you can see where I could take this and how I would twist in a metaphor but I will leave it with these...
Better safe than sorry.
Know when to fold 'em.
You get the picture...