I was using "standards" semi-sarcastically. No, I don't think our actual standards will go down by relaxing a bit and printing for ourselves. Hope my meaning was not mis-interpreted.
I shot weddings many moons ago, but now photography is just a hobby. But, it has recently gotten to where it isn't fun because I'm trying too hard! I need to back off, and as I said, just make some pictures.
All things being equal, I think each of us should strive for the best results we can and never stop learning. None-the-less, I was struck by the original post and realized (my own personal epiphany) that I had crossed an unnecessary line in my own work.
Now, I'm going to work this out and someday post to the galleries ...