Freedom from Personal Tyranny

 

Boy, this is probably one of the boringest 4ths I’ve ever had. My daughter is gone this week. I had to work 9 hours today. I was too tired to go out to watch fireworks, plus it’s kinda cool and the mosquitoes are bad.

 

There’s a big tree that blocks the view of many of the fireworks going on across the lake, but I can see some. The dog is barking incessantly. A couple of people are out on their boats. I would go down to the water but, it’s kinda cool and the mosquitoes are bad. Plus, you can’t walk on my lawn in the dark because the geese have trashed it again. Endangered species my foot. Yeah, they’re going to be endangered because I’m going to go ballistic with 32 of them pooping in my yard! I’m sorry, I just wasn’t up to cleaning it up tonight.

 

Plus, at work we did over half the day’s business in the last 2 hours. At least I’ve secured my spot as top salesperson again – no one can touch me. And I’m not working Saturday – the biggest sales day.

 

Yep, it’s been one of those kind of days. My goose is cooked. Burned.

 

But I can go to bed and say that I’ve done the best I could today. And that’s the most that anyone can expect from themselves.

 

If you’ve given the day your all, and you haven’t accomplished all you set out to do – quit beating yourself up! Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies.

 

There’s a legal principle called Robert’s Rule of Reason. The principle is basically establishing a reasonable expectation. I relied on Robert’s Rule of Reason a lot when I worked in legal and regulatory. I think it’s sorely lacking in many fields these days, but that’s a whole different subject.

 

The whole premise is what a reasonably intelligent person can reasonably expect. I don’t remember the exact terminology anymore, but you get the idea.

 

You’re obviously reasonably intelligent or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. So, if you were to apply Robert’s Rule of Reason to your life, what could you reasonably expect to finish in a day?

 

Even if you spent the day at an amusement park. You come home all dirty and tired. Do you expect yourself to clean the house that night?

 

Sometimes we just need freedom from our own tyranny.

 

Forgive yourself and get some sleep. That’s what I’m going to do. Tomorrow is another great day.

Carole

a.k.a. – ‘Mother’

 

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