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My turn: Tragedy tends to inspire action

Holly Jackson, left, and her mother, Marcia DeRush, place a memorial cross at the site of a fatal crash that killed a mother and her daughter. (Source: WECT) Holly Jackson, left, and her mother, Marcia DeRush, place a memorial cross at the site of a fatal crash that killed a mother and her daughter. (Source: WECT)

Tragedy tends to inspire action. 

Recently, a mother and daughter were killed at a dangerous intersection in Columbus County. Folks who live in that area had been concerned about that spot for quite some time.  But the deadly accident resulted in quick work to make it safer.    

Those actions won’t guarantee everyone’s safety.  But it does represent an attempt to try to make a difference. People worked together in an effort to help make things better.

Contrast that with the reactions in the immediate aftermath of the horrific situation in Las Vegas. Many of those reactions were sadly predictable with the usual sides bringing out their tired arguments and drawing lines in the sand.

Does anyone have the foolproof plan that will prevent another tragedy like this?  No.  But the sad part is we can’t even get to the point of where we are talking about real solutions.  

Noted author, Stephen Covey, laid out a framework for addressing matters like this in one of his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  It’s a simple principle… “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” 

If we don’t start doing that and trying to have truly meaningful discussions, we are pretty much guaranteeing we will continue to experience these kinds of tragedies in the future. 

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com

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