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Obedience keeps the rules. Love knows when to break them ~ Anthony de Mello

Focusstructurerules of engagement – all of these things have their place.

We wouldn’t want everyone running around Willy Nilly.

Would we?

Memorandum of Understanding signing

Memorandum of Understanding signing (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

No, we need to have a common


and direction

to achieve whatever it is we are trying to do.

It’s a good thing to figure out how…

we will handle conflict when it arises

what we will do in case of an emergency

and what we will do when someone isn’t playing nice.

Rules set healthy parameters for our relationships to each other as…

husband and wife

Sweet Child O Mine

Sweet Child O Mine (Photo credit: ssh)

parent and child

employer and employee


They serve to build a foundation of trust.

They teach us the difference between right and wrong.

I have no quarrel with that.

My issue with rules arises when we use them…

to prevent us from helping someone who needs us

as an excuse for why we aren’t doing the right thing.

When something isn’t right…

shouldn’t we let love rule?