Who Killed the Cat?

Stephen Pile has written a book titled The Book of Failures. It’s got unbelievable stuff in it. For example, back in 1979, during the fireman’s strike in England, one of the greatest animal rescue attempts was made. Valiantly, the British Army had taken over emergency firefighting. On January 14, they were called out by an elderly lady in South London, to rescue her cat.

They arrived with impressive haste. Then they proceeded to cleverly and carefully rescue the lady’s cat. Then they started to drive away. But the lady was so grateful that she invited the squad of heroes in for tea. After their time with the appreciative woman, they bid farewell. Off they drove, waving to the lady. And in the process, they ran over her cat and killed it.

Now, this is either a sad story or a happy one, depending on your view of cats. But don’t miss the point. We can go to a lot of trouble doing everything right, and we should. But just one mistake can be deadly.

Think of the ones you love the most. Then be reminded daily, that in one moment, by one bad choice, you can destroy the very lives you have spent years building up.

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