We live on a hill, which a friend of ours used to call 'Perth's ski slope'. We also live on a corner site.
A couple of weeks ago it snowed - quite a lot in a short period of time.
A man was driving down the hill - following a snow plough. He realised that the brakes of his vehicle were having no effect as an icy crust had formed over the snow.
At the foot of the hill there is a main road.
The man - correctly in my view - decided that it would be unwise to reach the main road, without effective brakes. So he decided to turn left, into a less hilly road to avoid probable catastrophe and to regain control over his vehicle.
The turning manoeuvre was not completely successful...
The moral of this story - sometimes in life we need to change course or take evasive action to avoid catastrophe. This may lead to some damage, bruises, dents but this is preferable to the alternative route. Even when we think that we are following a safe option (e.g. behind a snow plough), we may not have the control that we would like.
Sometimes wise choices may be painful, but we recover more readily from minor bruises than from major crashes.
To add to the interest of the story - the driver of the car was Dolly D's English teacher (we expect some good marks from now on!)