I'm dating myself, but not so long ago (really) and definitely before voicemail, when someone called you at the office, the receptionist would write a message on a pink "While You Were Out" slip. The thickness of the pile was my to-do list, but I assure you that more often than not, by the end of the day it was down to almost "no more pinks". Also years ago, telling someone "I'm busy" was a way of indicating you're doing really well, or that you're "a made man" (sorry, there is no female version of this term): "busy" could've meant anything from redoing the kitchen for the third time in two years, or just being scatterbrained and incapable of completing any task. Ah, those were the days.
So what has changed? For starters, the beloved pinks are gone. Well, maybe you can still buy them but why would you ever use them? We have voicemail, texting, email and stupid comments or reminders on social media.
Here's what I miss the most: common courtesy on a personal level and a barebone level of professionalism when it comes to business and responding to, anything. Yes, I'll take anything, just show me that you care enough and acknowledge my existence.
But that's hard to do isn't it? Holy crap, are we busy or what?
The death of common courtesy.
I get it, most of you are probably saying "what is that?" So, when in doubt, let's ask my friend Miriam:
polite behavior that shows respect for other people
something that you do because it is polite, kind, etc.