I guess it depends on your interpretation but we each have a work zone, don’t we? Okay, for those who don’t work outside the home how about our safety or comfort zone? Think about it for a minute.
We all want our “zones” to be free from threats, abuse, danger and even discomfort. We need to strive toward ensuring personal safe zones for sure, but let’s expand it also for driving as well.
It’s really not much difference between the small zone and the large work zone where so many workers around the highways have to work. Give it some thought again. Construction, maintenance and emergency response along our roadways create work zones for those who make a living around them.
If we realized a family member works just a couple of feet from people driving at high speeds, and sometimes while being distracted, would we be more conscious about slowing down and being observant? I think so. They deserve to work in a safe environment too, and come home safely to their loved ones.
This week is the National Work Zone Awareness Week 2019 in the U.S.
I’m not sure how work zone safety is emphasized in other countries, and I would like to know, but let’s be more mindful as we see these orange zones, barrels and flags while driving the highways. They are not placed there for decoration.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), in its 19th year, is a national public awareness campaign that spreads the message that we are all responsible for work zone safety. This year’s NWZAW is April 8-12, 2019, and this year’s theme is “Drive Like You Work Here”. (Florida Department of Transportation and National Highway Safety Administration)
Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show (from 2016 to 2017) a two percent increase in total work zone fatalities and increase from 668 to 710 total work zone crashes. Those startling statistics further demonstrate the importance of spreading awareness of work zone safety and participating in NWZAW to spread the message that we all play a role in getting roadway workers home safely.
Additionally, there were a total of 158,000 work zone crashes total in 2016—of which 42,000 were injury-involved crashes that resulted in 61,000 injuries – which underscores the need for further awareness of how to behave and drive safely in work zones.
U.S. National Highway Safety Administration
This awareness campaign is only a week but let’s allow it to carry over throughout the year.
This sign at Mission Barbeque (BBQ) caught my attention on Sunday. They have photos and various items to thank first responders and military, and even play the national anthem at noon. I enjoy the atmosphere and the appreciation shown by the team there. They also have excellent food at an excellent price.
I happened to notice the Navy is missing a helmet on the wall. They are probably refurbishing it. 😊
Anyway, just ponder this thought, that applies to life itself. “If you knew you couldn’t play tomorrow, how hard would you play today.”
Doesn’t this statement apply to our lives? If we couldn’t live tomorrow, how will we live today?
From the time St. Augustine (capital of Florida at the time) was established in 1565, Spanish military and religious authorities began extending their reach beyond the town limits. They developed various modes of transportation between widely dispersed settlements which eventually included forts, missions and ranches.
During this period, many roads were established in Spain’s New World colonies, often following earlier Indian footpaths and trade routes. In La Florida, the Camino Real helped move people and supplies between St. Augustine and the more than 100 missions located to its west among native populations living on the frontier.
In the 1680s, Florida Governor Diego de Quirogay Losado contracted the services of military engineer Enrique Primo de Rivera to build a formal road across north Florida that was suitable for oxcarts.
Although there are no standing Spanish missions in Florida today, important clues found in historical documents, archaeological evidence, and the land itself have allowed researchers to reconstruct this royal road’s path. So, come learn about, explore, and enjoy the places and stories of La Florida and its El Camino Real! https://dos.myflorida.com/historical/explore/el-camino-real/
I recently attended an open house at a dance academy and saw these shoes hanging on the wall. They are shoes of the studio owner and instructor as a reminder to the young dancers to learn, practice and persevere. The shoes reflect years of hard work and labor to be the best one can be – and enjoy the dance. So, below is a simple little poem I attempted to honor instructors and students for their dedication.
The dance is within, from child to aged
Each awaits the
moment, to learn and dance.
When one gets the dream
and feels the move.
The mind triggers the
thought, but still –
Feet flow without rhythm,
striving to become smooth.
Years of dedication and work,
To train the feet the
way they should go.
The placement, each
muscle learns to conform.
Legs form into the emboîté,
Alternate legs as they
Or escape with an echappé.
Frappé is quick and
Plié from two into one
Terms, movements rhythm,
Require countless time
Commitment of years,
learn to lead,
Guiding youth steps
along the way.
Flowing with grace, beauty,
Standing on tips, learn
not to sway.
From pointe on toes –
Grace, beauty and form
Countless work becomes
perfect, never ending for most.