Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Timing is Everything

A wise man I know once broke down punctuality like this:

"Early is on time; on time is late; late is unacceptable."

I'm aggravated that we, as a society, don't seem to value time as much as we once did. Weddings and movies and even flights now get started late because some yahoo is running behind. And the kicker is that we more punctual folks are the ones who are punished.

I had a boss once who, in five years, never arrived anywhere on time. He claimed it was a genetic defect. The rest of us had our own theories. I think sometimes it's as innocent as a character flaw or simple oversight, maybe poor planning. But in some cases, I really do think it's a rude, insolent, power trip kind of move. "Let me show you how important I am and how unimportant you are."

All this to say, please try to be on time. I've been late. Certainly. And I will be again. But I do honestly try to make a habit of being on time, even maybe a little early. It just takes a little planning.


emmysue said...

AMEN, sister! Oh, and do what you say you're gonna do.