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There Are Rules

I regularly drive an 80 kilometer/50 mile stretch of the Trans Canada Highway. This is a well-maintained four lane divided highway that twists and turns through beautiful countryside. A pleasure to drive. In theory.

The problem is that this piece of road is very well traveled. All the time. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year. And there are a great many drivers who have it in their heads that the rules of the road don’t apply to them.

I don’t get it.

The speed limit on the highway is 100 km per hour (62 mph). Not 12o. Or 130. And especially not 140. But evidently it’s okay to pick your own speed, change lanes as often as possible, and tailgate other vehicles in an attempt to hurry them along. These nutso drivers make the trip kind of stressful, actually.

On my way home this afternoon, I encountered several situations where I prayed for a highway patrol car to take note of what was happening and issue a nice big fat ticket or two. No such luck. I wondered, as I was passing a semi at 110 kph (yes, I was speeding) if the truck behind me was wanting me open my trunk so he could jump in. He was certainly close enough. I tapped my brakes a couple of times to suggest that he back off. His response was to pull up even closer and make odd gestures with his fingers. I doubt that there was more than a couple of feet between our vehicles. Scary.

The purpose of this blog post was not to relate specific incidents, although I could tell you many. I really just wanted to ask this question: Since when is it okay to ignore the rules?

I think it’s indicative of our society. People seem to do what they want, when they want, and how they want. There is little regard for the consequences, particularly if those consequences do not directly affect the perpetrator, so to speak. Consideration is gone. Courtesy is rare.

Selfish.

That’s what it boils down to. People ignore the rules because they think they know better. That the rules aren’t for them. Or they won’t get caught. Whatever the reason, it’s purely selfish.

I’d better do some thinking about the rules I break.

Ouch.

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Follow the Rules

I have a vague recollection of having to write these words on the chalkboard back in third grade or so. Definitely not my finest hour, although I maintain my plea of innocence even after all these years.

I have since learned that there are rules one should not break. The consequences can be dire if one oversteps the boundaries set out by the various rule makers of the world. Like speeding through a residential zone = $165 ticket to be paid in full within 10 days or the cops will show up at your door to haul you off to the slammer. At least that’s what they want you to think. This is the kind of rule that demands obedience. Or else. The or else is usually bad enough to make the rule a little easier to follow.

Then there are theĀ suggested rules. These are guidelines that are a good idea to follow simply because other people have gone before you and figured things out so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Most social skills would fall into this category, I think. And procedures for making things, building things, handling things. Consequences for doing it your own way instead could be a hard lesson.

There are also rules for developing the creative process. I’ve made my own list, taking bits and pieces from different “experts” on the subject, and these work for me.

1. Stop saying you’re not creative. God is a creative genius and He made you in His image. Enough said.

2. Stop fearing failure. Everybody fails at something. Just learn from it and move on.

3. Stop sitting on your behind and waiting for the right time instead of doing whatever it is you need to do.

4. Stop discounting your own ideas. Write them down, no matter how far-fetched they seem. Keep referring back to your list. I’ve developed some terrific story lines from ideas I wrote in my little book years ago.

5. Stop thinking there is only one way to do something. There is always a more efficient, faster, easier, fun, interesting, creative way.

6. Stop blaming everyone else. You may have had a terrible childhood or a poor education or got fired from your job. Now it’s time to make a decision to put the past behind and take responsibility for your future.

Are you going to follow the rules?

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