We all know people whose lives were saved because a medical checkup revealed an ailment in its early stages… early enough that treatment could help them avoid some devastating illness. Many of us have loved ones who are still with us because they believed in dealing with their health proactively.
Such a proactive approach isn’t just limited to our bodies, though. We also check our roofs for potential leaks before the rainy season arrives, check the condition of our tires before a long trip and inspect our parachutes before making a jump or our regulator before the first dive of the summer. There’s a long list of routine checks we all perform, knowing that they may enable us to avoid undesirable consequences. It’s in our nature to avoid the undesirable.
We take preventive measures hundreds of times each day. We look before crossing the