Today I awoke to the gruesome discovery of a dead Pekin. Last night some critter sneaked into the coop and killed my duck. It looked like there was a struggle, as there was blood all over the coop. I am not sure what the culprit was, but ultimately I am at fault. Every night I would close the door, but somewhere along the line I got complacent and left the door open. There are many reasons for complacency, but none of them are good. Shutting the door is a simple matter, which only requires one to pull a string–it was designed to be easy. Even so, I got complacent. This specific issue will not be of great interest to most people, but it applies to many other areas of life: exercise, work, study, etc. How do you guard yourself against complacency when things are going, or seem to be going so well? How do you convince others to maintain vigilance? Must one always get burned before deciding to become vigilant again? A dead duck is easier to recover from than other things.