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Repercussions

All choices have consequences – this is an eternal principle that cannot be overcome. While we live in a generally free society, one in which you and I are free to go where we want, talk to whom we please, seek gain with many diverse scheme, we are still not free from the consequences of our actions. This is a good thing, generally, as it encourages one to make decisions carefully. Today was one of those days where I wish I had chosen better.

It started, as it so often does, with procrastination. A paper I had due for my English class today, put off until last night. Then I found out that the CEO of the TRC was expected me at a meeting that I had not been planning on attending. Since I had a night class, I had previously been expecting to be able to write the paper after work today. However, with a meeting in the way, I decided I had to write it last night. Well, I put that off too – not getting started until well after midnight. By the time I was done, it wasn’t worth going to sleep before work. But I did anyway, and ended up missing most of work – which usually is ok, excpet today, because I missed an important meeting. So while the TRC and school were covered, I’m now feeling pretty terrible about letting down my coworkers and friends at work. I do hope they’ll be forgiving, and even more that I can learn from this mistake.

2 Responses to “Repercussions”

  1. Ben McElroy Says:

    Don’t procrastinate! (yeah that was an obvious one) Just pick yourself up, resolve to do better, and keep yourself to it. I think procrastination is one of the deadliest “sins” so to speak, because it robs us of opportunities and makes future decisions more costly as we slowly give up our will to make choices and end up being acted upon rather then acting. Okay, enough preaching on that. Now for a rant: I really loath people who, knowingly or ignorantly, assume they can do whatever they want without consequence. This is particularly a noticeable and bad trait in those that wield power and influence.

  2. nordsieck Says:

    Comment on the comment:

    I think that “those that wield power and influence” pick up the trait that they can “do whatever they want without consequence” both from observing those with more power and influence, and from past experience. In general, the more power and influence peole have, the more reprecussions for them become black and white – either they are the fall guy, take all the blame are are eliminated from the political scene, or they are blameless and stay. This pretty much guarentees that everyone with power and influence has never had to suffer reprecussions of bad choices they have made.

    As a side note, I am talking about responsiblity to “the public” either by government or NGOs. I am not talking about fallout from inter-organizational politics that doesn’t spill out into the public’s view. Obviously the second kind of reprecussion happens to all people with power and influence, but is definately seperate and arguably drives the behavior linked to the first kind of reprecussions.

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