Head on a swivel

Life is cruel and unfair at times, that is a fact of life that we must all accept at some point or another. It doesn’t mean you have to like it, but if you ignorant to it you really have no one to blame but yourself.

We all try to life our lives first, to be present with our family not just physically, but mentally as well. Our attention is constantly being bombarded with text messages, phone calls and emails, not to mention all the social media crap that is out there. If you are like me, it is sensory overload big time. You have to tune out the static so you can tune into what matters most; your family and friends.

There comes a point of diminishing returns where you drift too far to one side or another. So much on the security side and you might miss out on joyous occasions, so much on the carefree side could have tragic outcomes at worse. There is a balance that we all need to find in our lives, that is the real secret. Finding that balance.

Keeping your head on swivel sounds simple enough, but have you really given it much thought? It’s one thing when you leave a fortified position in a non-permissive environment. It’s a completely different thing when you leave your home in hometown USA. Of course, when the two coincide you have a unique situation. But for the majority of us that live in the U.S. we probably won’t need that same heighten state.

Always start with your current situation, meaning what do you do? Are you a precious jewelry courier traveling from one city to another, are you a police officer patrolling a statistically high crime area or are you a mom taking your kids to practice? Each of these situations will require a slightly different take on maintaining situational awareness. Part of that means not just literally moving your head, but literally looking and looking for what? What are we looking for, sometimes that is a bit more difficult to answer, other times it might be pretty obvious.

Keep in mind that if you know what you are looking for, you are far more likely to find it. I use to love the various skill craft games we played while in sniper school. One of my favorites was Kim’s game. While many have played this game and most reference it as “keep in memory” game I must give rightful credit to Rudyard Kipling who in his novel entitled Kim detailed the hero playing the game while training to become a spy.

So, if you haven’t played the game it teaches you great observations and memory. Skills that are easily transferable to real life. You are given a chance to become familiar with various items, then the items are carefully hidden. It is only through understanding the object, that you can actually see the object.

How do we transfer this skill to real life, crime statistics have been collected for so many years that we have been able to isolate and identify patterns. If you study these patterns and now adjust your filter to look for these patterns it’s impressive what you can really see.

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