What is the current pet peeve that drives you crazy? For me, if you didn’t figure it out from the title, it is when people don’t even hit reply to an email or a text. Honestly, I get it when it is an email to multiple people but not when I send it to one person. What are they thinking?
Maybe I’m just a stickler for confirmation or any kind of reply in this “emails are easily lost” world. I just don’t get it! What is the thought process behind it? I sent an urgent email to a colleague and heard nothing. It was an email for which I needed a reply one way or another. Why is it okay not to reply? Why would they do that to me? They would never do that to a big paying client, and I was trying to help them.
I admit it. I was frustrated. Okay, I was very frustrated. Ugh! I just need an answer one way or another. What can you do about it? Who would ever do that! Not cool.
Then I suddenly remembered the words of a friend, “Did you ever do that to anyone?” Me? But . . . I thought about it. Oh, crap! Yes, I was busy and got distracted and kept meaning to reply and never did. In fact, I twice didn’t reply to the same request. I have a couple of emails that need a reply sitting in my inbox right now. Ouch! My bad. I was planking! As the Good Book says,
“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Guilty. Why are we sometimes quick to criticize others’ inaction when we ourselves have not acted. We reason and justify why we don’t have to, but we believe that others should. I’m writing this as a reminder to myself and hope it helps you as well. Can you relate? We also sometimes have to sit back and realize how we are responsible for creating or adding to the gravity of the situation ourselves.
Note to self: It happens. I can’t control others, but I can control my own reaction and don’t need to be the victim. In the words of a famous Disney movie, “Let it go.”
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