Recently, I was traveling in a taxi and I was caught in the middle of a verbal exchange between another passenger and the driver. En route to the promised destination, the driver announced that my destination was the final stop. Prior to this, he had received a phone call. The other passenger – as expected, got upset and made the utterance “driver you broke the rule”. The passenger had initially told the driver where he was going and the driver agreed to take him there.
The driver then colored the passenger miserable and tried to make justification for his decision. In his opinion the passenger emotions were unwarranted. “This no need no argument, simple ting, stan up rite deh so, an quick time yuh get a ride. The passenger had no choice but to do as instructed. His facade was more disappointment than anger. Words fueled with fury oozed from the driver’s mouth. “Him a talk bout bruk rule, him no see seh no rule no deh again. Everybody a do dem own ting”.
I think what the passenger meant was that the driver gave him his ‘word‘. In the ‘good ole days,’ your word was enough. It was like an invisible signature stapled to the atmosphere that you would follow through. Nowadays, your ‘word’ doesn’t carry much weight. It is decorated with holes resulting from a pang of broken promises. How does a broken promise make you feel?
Breaking your promise can also be seen as breaking the rules. Do you agree that there are no such things as rules anymore? I strongly disagree. Rules are always in place; they are not always enforced and some people choose to ignore them.
Rules are a control measure. Control depends on who is pulling the strings or who has the remote. Full control of my life I hand over the reins to God. I try to follow HIS Ten Commandments, which are a set of Universal rules that one chooses to follow or not.
All rules are laced with consequences. But we all have a choice. Rules are everywhere; at church, at school, in the workplace, at the supermarket just to name a few. It is my belief that if you join/visit an organization should try to abide by the rules. If you don’t like the rules leave. Similarly, if you make a promise, be sincere, try to uphold your part of the deal. To avoid the ripple effects of your actions.