“What Value is This Violating?”

I’ve been known to get pretty fired up about things that seem broken.

After patiently listening to me vent about one of these over the weekend, a friend had the wisdom to ask me, “What value of yours is this violating?”

It’s such a generous question: like Resistance, (righteous) indignation is often a really good clue to what really matters to us. When we react so strongly against something, we’re basing that on something else, and it’s worth calming down, turning around, and following the indignation back to its source.

(In this case, it’s about time-wasting, which I’ve begun to equate with stealing. When no one seems clear about what it’s for or why we should be here, we’re probably wasting time. And I’m in no hurry to give anyone permission to waste my time.)