By Jose R. Villanueva
As originally published on the Listen & Be Heard Weekly1, November 23, 2005.
It is very important to apply preventive self-
Acute awareness is being there mentally in present time. One cannot have one's mind caught up in a past argument, grief, sadness, etc. This takes up too much of one's own attention units. If too much attention is on the past, then one is not acutely aware of the present. So there are things in one's present time environment that will be missed, and one's observation and reaction time will suffer. Therefore, one can be the adverse effect of one's environment.
Environmental factors that one causes that can lead to destructive acts are one's placement in location. Placing oneself in allies, cities, bars, etc. where trouble is found. If one is not being aware of the places one goes, then one can fall prey to those environmental factors. Use one's intelligence to evaluate every location one goes because it is those decisions that can lead to negative possibilities or eliminate those negative possibilities.
Spiritual factors are found within oneself. One must be acutely aware of oneself and one's actions. This road is the road that leads to ethical behavior and truth. There is an old and widely used word -
Things just do not happen to people. People put themselves in terrible environmental conditions. It is necessary to be acutely aware of oneself and one's environment. The route is very simple to follow. Evaluate intelligently one's environment, do not allow the past to take up one's attention units, and keep one's "hands clean" from unethical acts.