November 11, 2019, Santa Monica-
A few days ago, back at Home Base, I found that some javelinas had knocked over a couple of neighbours’ trashcans. Although it was early morning and I was in relaxation mode, there was the element of “We don’t have to live like this”, which has long been my mantra, with regard to tolerating a squalid environment. I went outside and picked up the entire mess.
Jordan Peterson’s seventh rule for living is “Do what is fulfilling, instead of what is expedient”. My mother never let us slide, when it was time to get a task, chore or school assignment done. God knows, there were plenty of times when I would have loved to hang loose and slack off. It is a blessing that I never got away with it.
Many times, people have said to me that I do things “the hard way”. Mostly, if I do such things, it is so I can remember how to do them properly, the next time. As for not being necessarily expedient, I have found that cutting corners almost always returns to haunt me. It’s better to go the extra mile, the first time.
That is also the way of the veteran, whose service rarely, if ever, allowed for expediency.