26 Proteus 10 months ago Great post, Wade. Good in every domain of life - and especially cogent coming from someone we know has had a lot of time to cogitate on these matters, and for whom good mental hygiene is surely of critical importance.I have a little quatrain from one of my songs that I often quote cryptically when the situation warrants (as it frequently does). Some people stare at me like I'm an idiot; others negotiate the conundrum and learn it as a practical koan. A few have printed it out and posted it over their desks. I make no claims that it has any real value, but the principles of the 4 agreements popped it into my head.Everything's broken, Everything's fine. Most people do their best Most of the time. In my dayjob I'm frequently party to discussions among people in different departments of newspapers and other publishing operations, generally dealing with workflow between steps of the process, and peoples' responsibilities, and how well it all works. I find people are obsessed with laying blame. To calm those (sometimes heated) discussions, my mantra is always there's no blaming, there's only fixing.The intention is take the pressure of failure off anyone who may have screwed up - while deflating any self-righteous tendency to gloat on the part of someone who may not have. Then together we can focus on the process, and fix it if it needs fixing: simplify it, re-think it, make a better checklist, reinforce the steps in the process for everyone. All the energy that might have gone into finger-pointing (backwards, into the unfixable past) goes into the fix.