Close call -- glider ops
You are correct that in flying we are often, especially during take-
off and landing, only a split second from changing from being OK and
normal to Not OK and Abnormal. This is where mental practice and
physcial practice as appropriate of the things that might go wrong
can save the day.
That damn split second governs all facets of our lives, not just flying.
Certainly true of flying, though....