I am not a rule follower. Strike that. I don’t put a lot of faith in rules. No wait, that’s not true either. I believe that “rules are guidelines for people who don’t know better.” That’s rule number one. Rules are great, but if you know what’s going on you can usually safely cut corners and/or modify. And I’m all about cutting corners.
If you want to have an insightful conversation, ask others what they think about rules. They can just fill in the blank. Rules are ____________________________. It’s sort of fun. My husband’s answer? Rules are meant to be followed. You might be able to guess where we run into problems.
While we disagree about rules we agree that some rules cannot be bent and I find that lately my guide is answering life’s big questions (a guideline if you will) “Could I live with myself if _______________?” This is the second rule. For example: can I live with myself if I get into an accident while texting and driving? Nope. So I don’t do it. Can I live with myself if I have cheese curds for dinner? You betcha!
I’m not suggesting that everyone needs rules or to spend time thinking about them, but then again if you’re reading this you probably have some time to kill.