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Also: Caution, Forethought

Prudence or caution is the quality of approaching situations thoughtfully, considering the possibilities and risk at play. It means taking time to assimilate context and history prior to launching into action. It means reality-checking our own assumptions and instinctual reactions.

Caution often prevents mistakes and unnecessary detours by reminding us to listen and to learn. Judiciously applied—without reverting to fear, superstition, or cynicism—caution allows us to process and consider so we can then proceed with greater clarity and confidence. A healthy caution leads to healthy action.


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