Are You A Rule Breaker?…If Not, Maybe It’s Time

Recently, I was rereading Ellen Langer’s great little book, Mindfulness, and ran across this wonderful quote: “So often in our lives, we act as though there were only one set of rules.”

This may sound a bit strange, but it got me thinking while I was out shopping the other day, why do the parking lot “stalls” for empty carts at Home Depot, Hy-Vee, and a million other stores need to be emptied regularly?

Why don’t people arriving at a store pickup a cart from a stall and take it in with them? This seems to make good common and financial sense to me.

After all, the stores are paying employees to go out and round up the carts to make them available inside the front doors. Wouldn’t the employees’ time be better spent serving customers in other ways?

I think Ellen has the answer. Most of us fall into the trap of blindly following the “one set of rules” that our culture suggests and that we see everyone else following.

Maybe it’s time to be more like Apple Computer suggested in 1997, to “Think different” . In other words, create a new set of internal conversations for ourselves.

In fact, maybe it’s time to not just think different, but to act different, and to be more of a rule breaker.

¬†“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Katherine Hepburn (American actress)

 Question: What rules do you need to break today?