At the End of the Calendar Year, A Parenthetical

Sometimes I find myself thinking that it's kind of silly how seriously I take the deadlines I give myself. The day I finished this piece, I got up at 3:30am to make sure that I'd get all my writing done ahead of my little sabbatical. The deadline is wholly self-created. Perhaps I'm taking myself a little too seriously?

I thought about it more and, while I'm willing to consider that my time-management skills need a little work, it hit me: it's not silly to take the promises I make to myself and myself alone seriously. That has a name. It's called integrity.

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