I was invited to a mandatory meeting yesterday.
There's something wrong with that sentence, isn't there? We're not invited to mandatory meetings; we're told to come. To move our heaven and earth priorities, and to get there if we possibly can.
So I went.
This particular mandatory meeting was canceled. The cancellation notice went out an hour before the meeting, so several people – like me – didn't see it. But that's not the point.
I have deduced, in the course of my life, several rules by which a person may live better, and I have now deduced one more:
Do not cancel a mandatory meeting.
Look at it this way. When you cancel a mandatory meeting, you're saying: I'm scheduling this meeting, and you have to come. But I don't.