Too busy to talk?
Send a text, Right? Wrong?
It seems nobody wants to talk anymore. You call them on the phone and they’ll politely say, “Hey, can I call you back; I’m busy right now.” Then, instead of calling you back as they promised, they’ll send you a text. That is very rude! But why do we put up with it?
Because this is a common occurrence today with friends and others, and we figure everyone is doing it. But the fact is, no one is THAT busy. No one. The truth is that you’re not a priority in their life. I believe that if someone is truly interested in another person they will make time to talk, regardless of what else is going on. I know this because I’ve done it. I live a busy life like everyone else, but I always try to make time for human conversation. I actually return phone calls in a timely manner, instead of texting. Not because I’m super-spiritual or better than anyone else, but because I try to treat people with the same respect that I want to be treated.
Jesus taught us this principle of courtesy, kindness and respect towards our fellow human beings. He said, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12
Yes, I know most people today are working 12-hour days and have obligations and schedules and dozens of other things that make it difficult to talk by phone or in person. But let’s try to be decent human beings and make time for others. Give everyone the priority in your life that they deserve. It only takes a small effort on our part to give someone a few minutes of our time.
Conversely, if someone continually snubs you off with text messages instead of returning phone calls and other means of personal human interaction, don’t put up with it. If this person is repeatedly distant and obviously emotionally unavailable to you, just cut them out of your life. Delete them from your phone contact list, Facebook friends, Twitter, and other contacts. Be at peace with this decision and move on with your life without them. Actually, they were never in your life in the first place!
You deserve friends and people in your life that truly love you, are interested in you, and take the time to talk with you and say, “I’m glad to hear from you!”
– Luis Josephus