May 27, 2005
What did you say?
Have you ever asked someone a question, and then a few minutes later clued in to the fact you have no idea what they responded? It's kind of embarrassing to have to ask again, "Uh, what did you answer when I asked you this last time? Sorry, I didn't listen for the reply..." The mind can tend to zip off onto the next thought, impolitely and self-centeredly. This happened to me this morning. It's a waste of the other person's time, and, actually, a waste of your own, since you have to duplicate your query efforts. Not to mention the loss of face. Sometimes a mind going a million miles a minute gets less done than a slightly slower, more focused one.
This is not a practice to be encouraged, and I want to stop it right now. Okay?
Wait, what did you say?
I guess email, postal mail, and blog comments have definite advantages in this domain - the record stands in the inbox, files, or Typepad, to be referred to in case of misdigestion the first time around.
Sorry, everyone I have ever done this to.
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Misdigestion? Miss Digestion? A new category for the Miss America contest? A woman who actually listens to what has been said, thinks about it, and responds in an intelligent, thoughtful way, adding to wisdom in the world while making someone else feel listened to!
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Posted by: Patricia Taylor | May 27, 2005 9:40:52 PM