Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Having a Bad Day?

“I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.” – Clint Eastwood

We all have, what we personally consider, bad days.

I remember in high school the dreaded bad hair day. Things have gotten much more serious than that over the many years I have worked in the CPA world. There were many bad days during each tax season especially April 10th to 15th. Then, all of a sudden after April 15, we had many good days and maybe even some fantastic days as summer unfolded.

Public accounting is like a roller coaster ride. There are many ups and downs. It usually depends on what month it is. Often it happens day to day, depending on what is happening with client engagements or with human resources.

The ups and downs of public accounting life do not usually prove to be reasonable. You can’t always predict what will happen. Much like life. That’s why I identified with the following phrase from an Agatha Christie novel:

“Life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by intellect and by reason! You cannot say, “I will feel so much and no more.” Life, whatever else it is, is not reasonable.” – Hercule Poirot

Read the quote again and replace the word life with “public accounting.” See what I mean?

  • "Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion."
  • Alexander Hamilton

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