There are many lessons to be found in this video; precommitment, communication with partners, and the familiarity heuristic all play a part in Roger’s story. However the one aspect of this accident that I am particularly interested in is the incorporation of adjacent actors in Roger’s decision making. There seems to be a bit of a divide between those that advocate for strict attention to the task and people at hand, while others such as Laura Adams argue in favor of a more diverse set of influences on our decision making process. Like many things in life what is actually occurring in a particular moment will dictate how we think and which memories our brains choose to employ to help make one choice or the other. However if we incorporate systems thinking into our cognitive toolset then we are inevitably forced to ask ourselves how people who aren’t present (friends and family) will be affected by our decisions. I tried to pay more attention to my thought processes this season and who I was allowing to have a say in my internal conversation of go or no go, safe or unsafe. Interestingly I quickly realized that this was actually a difficult process. Many times the allure of a particular line or a predetermined goal (classic I know) seemed to apply blinders and my world became reduced to the people I was with and the environment that I was traveling in. This is where I would arrive at a crossroad of wanting to enter a flow state where everything seemed to drop away and I was fully engaged in the present moment vs. being hyper vigilant of how and why I was making decisions. Certainly the two states of being aren’t mutually exclusive but with the benefit of hindsight I realize that it takes more practice than I initially anticipated. Anyway, enjoy the video and many thanks to Roger and co. for sharing the experience and allowing us all to particpate in the learning process.