And when things are unprecedented, there is inevitably a degree of uncertainty. And when things are uncertain, there is inevitably a degree of trepidation, if not outright fear. And for each fear, there is a corresponding amount of preparation we invest to mitigate the perceived risks. Fear of a sudden weather phenomenon:
Leads to umbrellas:
Fear of poor health:
Leads to exercise:
Leads to walls:
Which begs the question – what is the value of spontaneity? Are surprises good? On the other hand, is it always best to stop, think, act and reflect? If Marion had stopped to consider the consequences of bursting into her Dad’s office, wouldn’t millions of people have been robbed of those moments of pure joy?