THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS
(the law of) diminishing returns
phrase of diminish
1. Used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.
I talked to a man recently, a very accomplished man, who acts like he has the world by the tail. And by that I mean, he looks down on everyone who hasn’t had the good fortune of being him.
Whatever life decisions you’ve made, however you’ve invested your money, even what music you listen to is met with a pursed lip to go along with his disapproving face. (I have it on good authority that when you purchase them at the Smug Store—they come as a pair.)
That’s okay, dude. Gimme all ya got. I worked in Beverly Hills for two decades. Water off a duck’s back.
All evening long, as I listened to his risk averse, conservative, privileged and inflexible views on life, I couldn’t help but wonder, How does his poor wife put up with this shit?
Then I remembered. She does it by trotting off on one of her horses, that’s how.
Oh, dear God, how I wish I had that ability.
The ability to bend to someone else’s will. The ability to let someone else run my life. To bankroll it with every string attached. And then buy me a pony to reward my compliance.
I wish I had a price for my silence. It would have made my life SO much easier.
Because, you see, I was born with a big mouth. A big, loud, mouth that says stuff that makes guys like that shrivel in their underpants. Stuff like, “You’re not the boss of me!” And “Take your fucking pony and shove it!”
Some women trade all of the flack, disagreements, head-butting, and power struggles that happen in relationships for diamonds, vacations, fast cars and ponies.
Not me. I call that foreplay… Or Tuesday.
Unfortunately for me, (and probably for any man who has had a serious relationship with me) I have never been one of those women you could placate with bling. Biting my tongue and swallowing my opinions is much too high of a price to pay—for such little reward.
The law of diminishing returns.
Just one of the laws I have come to live by.
Along with no right turn on red, and chew before swallowing.