How to not get your call returned

May 7, 2014

We spent last week in Big Sur and IT WAS AWESOME.

On Sunday, after avoiding it for as long as possible, I checked my voicemail and found the following:

“This is so-and-so. My number is xyz-123-abcd. My other number is bla-deb-lahd.

{pause, pause, pause, exasperated sigh}

I have a position to get filled and you need to call me back ASAP.”

I sat there for a second, played it back, listened again and then promptly mumbled, ‘good fucking luck with that’ and hit delete.

Who in their right mind calls someone they don’t know, does not identify what company they’re calling from, and then – in the bitchiest tone possible – proceeds to tell that person what they NEED to do?

Someone who’s not working with me, that’s who.

The old me would have jumped right on the phone and tried to make that person happy. Well guess what? I like my hair in my head thank you very much, and working with someone who treats a total stranger like crap is not the way to keep it there.

Lesson learned.

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  • Reply Dancing Branflake May 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    A POWERFUL lesson learned. I’m proud of you.

    • Reply This Free Bird May 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Word. Remember when I wrote that one about the playground terrorizer (here) and how you keep going round and round revisiting a situation until you deal with it? Well here’s hoping I’ve dealt with this one for the last time. Trying to exercise that faith muscle, so might have to face it again but hopefully even stronger next time.

  • Reply Courtney May 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Okay, that person sound terrible. Good call!

    • Reply This Free Bird May 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      A big hayll to the no!

  • Reply Jen May 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I’m so glad you are feeling strong! No one needs to put up with that. I hope that you felt great after you hit that delete button!

    • Reply This Free Bird May 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Honestly, I was a little pissy when I first heard it. Then I played back and deleted despite a little fear. I could always use the work, but it’s all in vain if my health goes down the drain dealing with an unreasonable person for a few months or more. Powering on!

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