Why can’t I ignore a ringing phone?
I mean really! How hard can it be to let a phone ring a few times and then flip over to voice mail. It’s not as if I’ll miss anything important. Besides, I’m WORKING. I’m concentrating. I’m creating. I don’t have time to get distracted by a phone call.
And yet I drop everything and reach for the phone at the very first ring.
That’s not even the worst part!
The worst part is that I have caller ID and so when I look at the display I can CLEARLY read that it’s an 800 number. Someone is calling to fix my AC. Or take a political poll. Or ask me to support the Bereaving Wives Fund.
And I STILL keep picking up the phone. It happened again this morning and I after yanked out a fistful of hair, I started to think about it. And in my constant effort to put a positive spin on everything (even sales calls), here’s what I decided:
A phone call is like the beginning of a story. It’s the dramatic question that opens the action. As soon as I hear that ring, questions start running through my mind. Who is on the other end? What do they want? Could it be good? Even when I see that 800 number, I still don’t really know. Just like a good story, I can’t be sure until I click that ON button (or turn the page) and reveal who is there.
And yes, it’s usually a disappointment. But I still can’t seem to stop myself. Apparently, I can’t resist the lure of a story.
Or, maybe, I’m just looking for a distraction. Any distraction. Even if it’s the Bereaving Wives Fund.
Anyone else have trouble resisting a ringing phone? Or the ding of a new email…or the flash of a new tweet? It may be time to invest in a good pair of earplugs.
Hope your day is good, and distraction-free!