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Following the Rules

January 9, 2018

It's been a while since I last posted. Life got in the way. It's still in the way, but, hey, I'm trying.


Any-who, what's on my mind today is following the rules.


Have you ever worked or volunteered somewhere where the rules didn't apply to everyone across the board? Where a certain few get away with everything from blatant tardiness, extra long lunches to leaving early, disregarding the dress code or phone usage rules? Perhaps, they just don't pull their weight. The list can go on and on...


Why is it some think rules don't apply to them?


Why is following the rules harder for some than others?


DOUGLAS MACARTHUR said: Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.


Was he right? Are most just too lazy to break the rules? Should we all become rule breakers?


I don't think so.


What I have learned over the years, is that those few who don't follow the rules make it difficult for the rest to follow the rules as well. People get tired of watching others do whatever they want, and the mentality of, "If they can do it, I can do it," soon arises, and before long, no one is following the rules.


Which leads to anarchy. Most rules and policies in the workplace are put into place to comply with both State and Federal law. Some are meant to keep you safe, while others are to project a positive image, to maintain consistency, accountability, transparency, fairness and equality.


Something else I've noticed over the years is those who rarely ever break a rule are the ones who will get caught and pay the price if and when they do. But So-and-So did it. Why aren't they in trouble for doing the same thing?


This is not fair practice.


Why is it certain people can do whatever they want and seem to pay no consequences, while others pay for every little infraction?


I don't know the answer.


I do know that in writing, you must know the rules before you break them.


I guess life is the same way. Know the rules and decide for yourself if they are meant to be broken. Just be prepared to pay the consequences if caught.



Life is not fair, and fair is not equal.



ATTRIBUTION: DOUGLAS MACARTHUR.—William A. Ganoe, MacArthurClose-Up, p. 137 (1962).

1649. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964). Respectfully Quoted: A ...www.bartleby.com/73/1649.html


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