“A woman can’t be too rich or too thin.”
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Recently, OPreach stopped by for a visit to share words of wisdom. For any of you who follow her amazing blog, you will know she has a gift for inspiring reflection. With one word, she gave me the topic of my next dialogue – benchmarks.
Over the years, I have developed a love/hate relationship with benchmarks. I use them when I need them; I feel abused by them when they seem to go against me. One thing I am quite certain about – benchmarks rule our lives, from the cradle to grave. An infant is measured against the height and weight standards, just as adults are placed in the recommended weight categories. Individual math and literacy scores in grade school are comparable to the annual university ratings that determine the finest school to attend. Cars, clothes, food and travel can not escape the benchmark trap.