Keeping Your Eye on the Ball

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One of life's biggest lessons is to keep your eye on the ball. In other words, stay vigilant and focused in everything you do. The following story certainly illustrates that for us. 

Man Drowns At Party For Lifeguards
AP , Associated Press Aug. 1, 1985 10:07 AM ET
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A man drowned while attending a party for New Orleans lifeguards who were celebrating their first drowning-free swimming season in memory, officials say.

Jerome Moody, 31, was found on the bottom at the deep end of a New Orleans Recreation Department pool at the end of the party Tuesday, department Director Madlyn Richard said.

Moody was not a lifeguard and was at the party as a guest. He had not been swimming and was fully dressed, she said.

Four lifeguards were on duty at the party and more than half the 200 people there were certified lifeguards, she said.

The body was found as the pool was being cleared at the close of the party. Lifeguards pulled the body out and attempted to revive Moody until emergency medical attendants arrived. An autopsy confirmed drowning.

''The lifeguards were really upset. It's a real tragedy,'' Ms. Richard said. ''This was the first annual party in memory where they could celebrate a trouble-free season.

''We had all been talking about it. It was the first season without a single (drowning) incident.''

The lifeguard party is held each year at the end of July when swimming pools are closed at 14 department centers.

So what's the key learning here? Stay focused. Many good and/or bad things can occur around you each and everyday, however you must stay focused at the task at hand. Don't let your emotions or the "security" of the environment make you drop your guard when it comes to safety.

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