Simple question—are the rules you live by irrelevant to the way you want to live your life?
Yesterday, while driving the family out to my mother-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving, I stopped to fill up the tank with gas. I provided my credit card to the attendant and he promptly clicked the auto-flow button on the nozzle and let the pump do its thing. A few minutes later, the nozzle clicked to a stop, signaling the tank was full. That should have been the end of this story…but it wasn’t.
The attendant then walked over, took the nozzle in his hand and topped off the tank until the cents rounded up to the nearest dollar. Okay, that happens to all of us. The question is why? And, why do we accept it?
Scam-time at the gas-n-go.
The practice of topping the tank came from the good old days when gas stations didn’t take credit cards. The attendants didn’t want to have to spend a lot of time carrying around a big old pocket full of change or counting out coins. So, they’d routinely top of the tank, rounding up to the nearest dollar or, at least, quarter, in order to make their jobs faster and easier.
Then, along come credit cards. No change needed. No calculus or algebra. Just swipe, sign and go. By all rights, the act of topping-off should’ve gone away. But it hasn’t.
Why? Because the practice has been around for so long that nobody remembered why it began, we just assumed that was the way it was supposed to happen. Plus, as long as nobody was complaining, it became a sneaky little bonus for the station-owners, who could keep getting the extra change on every tank.
Are your rules still relevant?
So, my question for you as we slide into this weekend is this…are the rules that govern your life, your behavior, your choices and actions really yours? Are they really relevant to the way you want to live your life and the outcomes you want to create?
Or, are you allowing some decades old vestigial-wisdom and practices whose origins you don’t know and whose original-intent has long-since left the building to control the way you live your life and earn your living?
Put another way, are you topping-off your life?
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