“The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.” Franklin P. Jones
I like to be punctual, even early, but there are times when we just can’t make it. Here are some acceptable and some unacceptable reasons for not being punctual.
1. We have more than one obligation at the same time. To make it to both sometimes means that we have to leave one event and get to the next one a bit late. In this case, it is sometimes better late than never.
2. On a rare occasion, traffic really is an issue. There are countries where even when we leave early, we might still be late. We have sat in some 3 hour traffic jams. This should not be a regular excuse. Leaving early will normally take care of traffic jams, but sometimes they don’t. Thankfully, we now live with cell phones and we can call and explain.
3. We sometimes have an accidental memory lapse and forget where we are supposed to be. This happens to me from time to time. I get where I’m going a bit early. To pass the time away, I start doing something else and find I’m almost late (even when I arrived early).
4. We are just plain rude, or we haven’t come to realize that other people are important. I’ve seen these types. Everyone is waiting, and these people don’t seem to be bothered by it. Being perpetually late is rude. If you are in this category, please know that none of those on time are impressed with you! In fact, we might even see you as a selfish pig!
So, when you plan to take a tour with a lot of people, get your act together. Don’t make others wait for you.
My being on time says that I care about you and all of the preparations you have made for this event. Being punctual says that I’m your true friend regardless of what you’re doing.