Is there a point where physiological limitations are overrun by necessary action to change the course of events? If someone went to steal your car, would you risk getting killed to get it back? What if your child was in a car seat in the back? That was the opening scene of the movie Courageous that I watched this weekend. One of the characters refused to let his truck be stolen and held onto the steering wheel through the driver’s side window while it was driving away… all to protect his daughter?
On the flip side, a last week a local banks was robbed and a police officer was run over and killed by the get-away car. The wife of one of the two fugitives, who were both killed in a gun battle, wrote a letter to a local TV news station apologizing for her husband’s actions, but also mentioned that she had cancer and that he was a terrific father who would tuck his kids in every night. It made me wonder if he robbed this bank, along with two others, to cover his wife’s medical bills? I doubt it, but the question does continue to linger.
Granted those are two extremes, but what about a lesser example. You know you need to get in shape or you run the risk of serious health issues? You are behind in some bills and local department stores are hiring seasonal help for weekends? You know that you need to grow yourself and you knowledge base at work if you want to succeed and you know the books and material you should be reading.
I guess there are two questions here: At what point is the pain of staying the same greater than the pain of change, and at what point does the risk outweigh the consequences?
I don’t think many of us have to deal with the extreme cases but what about the lesser situations. Would you take a second job if it would result in you getting out of debt quicker so a spouse could be a stay at home parent? Would you focus on learning a new skill that was difficult if it could result in a higher pay? Would you alter your lifestyle if it would result in being a better parent or spouse? Would you change your habits if you knew that the alternative could kill you prematurely?