Journal Entry 020

 
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JOURNAL ENTRY 020

Hi all, I can’t believe we’re halfway through October already! Where did September go? Or the whole summer for that matter? Anyway, I hope you can indulge me for a brief moment while I engage in a little venting session.

It seems that lately, I find myself increasingly frustrated with the fact that so few people follow-through on their commitments. It’s like, if I’m not doing everyone else’s job as well as my own, nothing gets done.

I have to follow up on house insurance, car insurance, internet providers, cell providers, house inspectors, car dealerships, delivery companies - basically anyone providing me a service, present or past. And there are always costs added that I didn’t consent to, hidden fees I wasn’t aware of, or mistakes made that I have to correct.

People say they’ll get back to me or finish a task by a certain date, and I watch that date come and go without so much of a head’s up that they’re going to be late. Or, because someone was no longer making a sale with me, he stopped replying to my emails altogether (which definitely prevented a future sale).

Am I the only person who is time-sensitive? Am I the only person who follows through on my commitments, and does so in a timely fashion (i.e. ahead of time)? Am I the only person who tells people when I’m going to be late because I don’t want them to sit around waiting and wondering?

Maybe my expectations are too high, or maybe as a collective society we just have to do better.

We have to get out of our own heads a bit and think about how our schedule impacts other people. Or let people know if plans change. I mean, it’s just common courtesy. We can be kind to others even if we’re not directly benefiting (financially) from it. We can exhibit personal manners and follow-up or get back to people on time.

Isn’t that considered decent customer service - or simply being a decent human being?

I don’t know, maybe it boils down to integrity or lack thereof.

Atop my to-read list are: Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home. I’m still working on The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr as it’s a bit of a heavier read than I anticipated, but a wonderful one nonetheless.

Anyway. Enjoy the rest of the month!

 

What I'm loving lately

a writer’s guide to permission and fair use
this is what happens to your ambition in your thirties
a few things you might’ve missed from netflix’s newest show
maniac
this
movie that i absolutely cannot wait to see
how to
customize your mac for the mojave update
this
article about how we overestimate how much honesty hurts others
a
lexicon for how to speak grief
why we
worry all the time and how to transcend it
this
guide for how to decipher print sizes
these heatless hair
hacks for every hair type
how to
deal with the physical baggage from divorce
this is us
season 2, now on netflix
a
diary of a toxic love
this
review of my new fav horror, the haunting of hill house

 

WHAT I'M GRATEFUL FOR

making future plans
solitary moments
boundaries that stick
quiet escapes
reunions with old friends
returning to a state of play
quality neighbours
having follow-through
alone time together
the smell of coffee in the morning
taking the time to rest

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
— Anaïs Nin
 

WORDS TO USE MORE OFTEN

Insouciance: lack of care or concern, indifference, nonchalance, non-worried;
Stoic: impassive, characterized by a calm, austere fortitude;
Ineffable: incapable of being expressed or described in words, inexpressible;
Beget: to cause, produce as an effect, generate;
Tryst: an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, especially one made secretly by lovers.


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