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''The Law of Obligation''


The Law of Obligation
say's There Ain't None, that's a fact
so don't go thinking somehow
you'll dictate how people act

If all would do their 'duty'
and would simply do what's 'right'
sure, things would go much smoother
there'd be one less war to fight

It would be nice I'll grant you
and yeah, that's all well and good...but
no binding code of conduct
makes the world do what they 'should'

No one will do a thing now
just because you want them to
for everyone's got issues
and a different point of view

You can't control the masses
so here's what I suggest you do
just live your life with honor
still despite what others do

And though you can't determine
what reward your action brings
there is a thing called justice
in the grander scheme of things


COMMENTARY:
Ah, yes....this is a tough one, but you know, people really aren't obligated by YOUR sense of right and wrong, to do what YOU want them to. We all live in a society in which we hope the accepted standards of conduct will be adhered to by everyone. We hope people will say 'please' and 'thank you'. We hope others will take our concerns seriously, hold up their end of a bargain, return our calls on time, pay back what they owe, allow us to merge into traffic, hold the door open for us, treat us as we treat them and so on. In our daily interactions with others, we hope people will play along with our gameplan, and often get upset if they don't. The truth is, however, these are just our opinions and expectations of what others should do.

Remember, unhappiness is nothing but an unmet expectation.

Can you accept that others will do as they please? Can you still keep smiling when you don't get your way? Can you give up the victim game and stop waiting for someone to treat you the way you want? If you can, you might find the road a little less bumby and less aggravating. Now that doesn't mean you'll accept abuse. You won't allow yourself to be taken advantage of. And you'll remove yourself from destructive people and situations as soon as possible. And for heaven's sake, don't lower your expectations of people so much as simply detach yourself from the outcome. You might be surprised how liberating it might be!

Keep doing what you know to be right, and know that all will be balanced...if not from 'him' or 'her', but through another.


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Walt's Life Rhyme #211
(The Law of Obligation)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
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