I pushed “listen to voice mail” on my cell phone a few days ago and winced as I heard a cheery voice say, “This is the XYZ company calling —- ” naming a cleaning service that I used a number of years ago. I had terminated their services due to being dissatisfied with their efforts. “Can’t they read their notes!” I exclaimed. “I am not a good candidate for soliciting business!” Delete, delete, delete! I neither finished listening nor returned the call. Not interested!!!
Imagine my surprise when I received an envelope from them in yesterday’s mail. I made a little face — which I acknowledge even though I have no witness so I did not get caught making a face of complaint. “Oh, geez, they don’t give up!” I thought to myself, glancing around, only briefly wondering if I’m breaking my own rule about not complaining. Surely not!
I almost through the envelope in the trash, but it felt heavy. I figured it might be one of those advertising magnets. I collect those, so I opened the envelope.
Inside, was the key to my house. In fact, it was one of the original keys that I got when I bought the house! They apparently realized that they had never returned it, and wanted to make sure to follow through.
Oh man. Did I jump some guns. *taking out my notepad and marking down — lesson learned*. No jumping guns. Life will be richer when we wait to see what it is the other person intends to say, and give ourselves time to reflect before we respond.