Yesterday, I wrote about trimming and hanging my first door. What I didn’t tell you was that I bought a new electric planer to help trim the doors…I am not good at cutting a straight line with my power saw. As I walked away from the Home Depot, the salesman told me to “be careful”.
“What do you mean?” I asked. Is there something special I should know? He said to be careful because he knew several people who had cut off the ends of their fingers by being careless with power equipment like the one I was purchasing.
Later that day, I was having trouble cutting the top of the door and decided it would be easier to make the cut from the top of a ladder. As you might expect, I was careless (the ladder was on an incline) and I toppled from 6′ off the ground with a ladder, a door, and a power tool in my hand and its cutting blade spinning at 16,500 RPM.
I wasn’t injured…but I could have been. I should have known better. I DID know better.
Perhaps more of our misfortunes come from our own hand than we realize? Before you start blaming others, perhaps some additional self-review is in order?
Thanks for listening.