The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and told him to come into his office. “What’s your name?” he asked the new guy.
“John,” the new guy answered.
The manager scowled, “Look, I don’t know what kind of place you worked before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson. Do you understand?”
As the new man nodded, the manager continued, “Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?”
The new guy sighed, “Darling. My name is John Darling.”
“OK, John, the next thing I want to tell you is…”
Source | Charles Hunter, Healing Through Humor
(Creation House, 2003) ) page 156.
For What It’s Worth
I love a good rule as much as the next guy and maybe even more. However, sometimes the rules we have are illogical, limiting and even damaging. As we go into Christmas we typically reconnect with those that we have significant history with as well as significant rules.
What are they and why do we have them? Is it a rule that every year you eat and drink too much and feel miserable? Does dad always sit in the same chair? Does Christmas have to start at 5pm or the day is ruined?
I challenge you this week to look at the rules that you have about the holidays and those around you and evaluate their purpose and how they help to make Christmas what it’s really about. You might find that some rules need to be changed, Darling.
Thoughts for the Week
1. What rules do you have for yourself and family as you go into the holidays?
2. Do they make sense? Are they helpful and encouraging or limiting and unreasonable?
3. How do rules affect your week? Holidays? Relationships?
4. Is your reputation built upon will do’s or have done’s?
5. How do rules about yourself or others affect your success or happiness?