A Bit 'o Random Musings on Politics, Religion, and Anything Else That Passes Through My Crazy Head

Friday, January 21, 2011

Can't Sleep

Yep, it's one of "those" nights.  I'm exhausted, yet I can't sleep.  So I thought I'd share with you my insight-of-the-day.  It is this:

In the moments where I have to choose between being a good accountant and a good person, I choose being a good person.

Sure, I could have stayed later at work today (left at 8 p.m.).  But even if it hurts my job performance or annoys someone, there were more important things for me to be doing.  It was a good chance to take a deep breath, remind myself there are more valuable things, and keep that long-term perspective.  It's like that poem about how no one facing death wishes they had spent more time in the office.

Note that most of the time, I don't think being a good accountant and a good person are conflicting goals, but in the minority of cases where they're in conflict, I've recommitted to good-person-hood.  So whatever your occupation, don't let it interfere with the truly good and wonderful things in life.