May 19th 2022
Welcome to another ‘natter’. This is coming to you from the front office. I am working on the front desk today, Tuesday, due to illness and oh my, has there been a lot of that lately. Jolly Covid keeps rearing its ugly head. One day, we’ll all ‘live with it’ like we do the flu but for now, it’s a right pain! The rules are confusing, too and no one is really sure what to do.
I don’t know about you, but I find it really frustrating when rules keep changing. Even watching the footy can be confusing because they keep changing the rules. Some of the new rules are fine, good in fact, like protecting players’ heads etc. but some really are strange and I think even the umpires have trouble deciphering them. For example the ‘deliberate’ rule. Sometimes it is obvious when a player deliberately kicks or pushes a ball over the boundary line but other times it’s not and of course, if decisions are not consistent, that makes it even more confusing.
Of course, rules are made to protect us and guide us and help us to make good or better decisions and there will always be those who like to challenge the rules, be defiant and push the boundaries but imagine if we didn’t have rules! It would be total chaos, madness, just plain horrid!
Explaining some of our farm rules to my grandies can be interesting (and amusing sometimes). I’ll explain a rule to them, like ‘you can’t go near the dam’ and I’ll get, ‘but why?’ So, I explain to them ‘why’, that it’s not safe etc., and they come back with, ‘but why?’ and this can go on for quite some time. I’ve been thinking of putting a big sign near the house dam saying, “No grandchildren allowed here!” or “I’m watching you. Don’t come any closer.” But I actually think that will entice them even more.
Yep, rules can be difficult to understand, difficult to follow but they do have a purpose and there will always be those rules that we will break, after all we’re human and not all rules suit. But usually, if we understand that purpose, they are easier to follow, easier to understand or easier to break. So, when we make rules, there needs to be a genuine reason and purpose for them and we need to make the reasons clear so that understanding and following those rules is easier. Consider who has to abide by those rules and be consistent.
For me, I think the ‘golden rule’, is be kind. Always, be kind.