It is the beginning of wisdom when you recognize that the best you can do is choose which rules you want to live by, and it's persistent and aggravated imbecility to pretend you can live without any. [Wallace Stegner, All the Little Live Things]
It’s been said that knowing the rules is the best way to break them, but I think more than just knowing them, one needs to understand what called them into play to BEgin with. This is how it works for me anyhow.
Rules and responsibilities: these are the ties that bind us. We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. I will do what I have to do. And I will do what I must. [Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Book of Dreams]
While I have often been a rule-breaker, I tend Now to BE more of a rule-follower. It is just that I am selective. I think I have my own rules, and I think that as I BEgin to shed more of the “stuff” I’ve carried through Life, my “rules” are just how I roll.
…I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. [Robert Heinlein]
Makes sense to me…
I love you, Currie