Lee’s note: Here’s another guest column from Peter Burlingame, a firearms trainer operating in the Caribbean. It’s a great read for a Saturday morning, when we have time to be a little more introspective. I strongly endorse his points.
Those of us who teach self protection make a big deal out of being aware of your surroundings, and rightfully so.
Criminals are opportunistic and go for easy prey.
Many instructors teach a color code that was promulgated by Col. Jeff Cooper.
In brief: White – unaware, Yellow – alert and aware, Orange – you notice a potential threat, Red – the fight is on.
When I am talking to my students about situational awareness, I point out the other, greater benefit: there are many more good things in the world than bad, and most people miss them.
By living in yellow, you get to experience them: A sunset, a shy smile shared between a new couple, a baby’s laugh, the caress of a breeze.
Those things happen everyday, but most people live in a little self-made, self-containing bubble that excludes the majority of that thing we call life.
If being situationally aware also clues me in when danger lurks, well, that’s a bonus.
Many people don’t react well to the doom and gloom of being constantly on the look out for bad guys. I don’t blame them.
Paranoia is tiring. Being alive is rejuvenating.
Peter Burlingame is the founder of The Self Defense Initiative, a 25 year old training school based in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Peter is a contributing member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. His articles have been published in the FBI’s National Associates’ magazine, “The Firearms Instructor” and “Survival Quarterly.” You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Videos at Youtube.com/vigunfighter.com