Taking a new online journaling/scrapbooking class led by Shimelle (Learn Something New Everyday)
September 1, 2008
Today I learned that after having not even turned my computer on for a day, when I checked my e-mail yesterday, I really hadn’t missed anything.
For what I’m doing for the class, that was the extent of what I was supposed to do. But I got to thinking about that some more and…you know how that goes, right?
At first I was a little grumpy when I turned on my computer yesterday and fired up the old e-mail program and discovered that while there were a few good things, most of it was junk. And I’m sure all of you know exactly what kind of junk I’m referring to, because you probably get more than your fair share of it too.
I was grumpy because I figured there ought to be more interesting e-mails from friends and relations. As I continued to be grumpy about that, I realized that yet again, my reaction said more about ME than it ever says about anyone that might send an e-mail to me.
I’ve been having this conversation since I was in high school.
No one ever calls me.
Yes, well, YOU could call THEM.
Huh. Perhaps the reason my Inbox is lacking in interesting e-mails from people I like is because *I* don’t send *THEM* interesting e-mails to begin with?
So there, I learned something yesterday, something even a little different than the lesson I had thought I had learned. Too bad it’s a lesson I should have already learned by now.
Can’t wait to find out what I’ll learn today.
Deb Keyworth says
Sometimes it seems like everyone is waiting for someone else to make the first move! I think we all feel like you do from time to time. In fact I was chatting to my daughter about this yesterday, she was saying that everyone loves it and joins in when she arranges nights out etc but why does it always have to be her that takes the first step?!
Maybe we should all make a conscious decision to email someone randomly every day!
Maybe I should think about it…
Tanya Brown says
Yep, that resonates. I frequently have internal conversations like this:
Me: “I’m bored and lonely.”
Also me: “Well, why don’t you show some interest in other people and then maybe you won’t feel so lonely?”
Lynn Douglass says
Now, I did actually call you! As for interesting e-mails, I know exactly what you mean. I’d rather read interesting e-mails, though, rather than try to write them. What does that say about my life? 😉
Mary Ann says
I didn’t learn this less well and didn’t teach this lesson well. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
And in all reality — look at all your interesting blog entries and the wonderful comments that come in.
Mary Ann says
uh, amend that first sentence to read “I didn’t learn this LESSON well”
Sharon Dixon says
Suzanne, your mom is right…..aren’t moms always right? Anyway, your blog is great and I always enjoy reading about your life and the boys. I don’t always make comments, but I read it on a regular basis.
Judi Weldon says
Your comments today really resonate for me. And they have popped up in my thoughts every day since I first read them. There’s a really valuable lesson to be learned from your observations on friendship. I’m starting to realize that I neglect my friendships and get lost in my own little world of hobbies and interests and when I come up for air there is no one there. I think I finally understand the following quote.
To have Friends
You Must Be
Your words have been food for thought!