Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Fifty Card

My favorite thing about getting older is getting to play the Fifty Card. Never heard of the Fifty Card? As far as I know, I invented it . . . at least, I never heard of it until I invoked it one Sunday afternoon. I was at a meeting where the leader, Mike Megginson, opened each meeting with an ice-breaker game. Now, I don't have anything against games or people who enjoy playing them but I had recently reached the ripe old age of 50 and when Mike called us together to play his game-of-the-day, I invoked the Fifty Card. "No, thanks," I said, "I'm 50 and I don't have to play games anymore."
I've since invoked the Fifty Card a few other times, mostly when asked to do something I didn't want to do and when doing it was just not all that important. There ought to be some rewards for getting older other than a discount on your coffee at McDonald's. I heard Danny Doss speak recently about the difference between being a servant-leader and simply being compliant. At age 50 and above I think you can still be a servant-leader and not necessarily be compliant with every request made of you.

What are the things that you'd just like to use the Fifty Card to opt out of, even if you haven't already reached the magic age of qualification?

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