I’ve always appreciated people who are punctual but I couldn’t help laughing when I read Evelyn’s quote.

However, you should be careful before joining in my mirth: this may be a controversial topic.  Surveys have shown that some business executives esteem punctuality as one of the most sacred tenets of their religion.  Karen J. Fowler expressed this viewpoint quite well.  Said she:

Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.

Ouch.  On some fundamental level, there is truth in her observation – even if it is due to thoughtlessness and poor time management.  But then again, if one learns, develops, and fosters the mythically rare discipline called punctuality, one may (like Orlando A. Battista) discover that punctuality is “a sure way to help you enjoy a few minutes of privacy”!

Put all of this wisdom together and you will discover that by the time you become a religious observer of punctuality, you may be doomed to daily spend precious moments of privacy being offended at everyone else who views their time as more valuable than your own!


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