My friend, Lilly, was calling. She and her long-time mate had recently split and she was struggling. I was concerned. I picked up the phone and walked outside for privacy.
After fifteen tear-filled minutes, I said, “Goodbye,” promising to call soon.
No matter how I concentrated on my spreadsheets and bills, I couldn’t stop thinking about how upset Lilly was.
She should be surrounded by her closest friends.
So I texted Shelby. (The three of us get together at least once a week.) I awaited Shelby’s response, praising technology for making communication so easy. But she didn’t text me back.
Weird! Maybe the message didn’t SEND?
So I checked. Instant stomach ache. The S.O.S. hadn’t gone to Shelby. I had been so concerned about Lilly, I accidentally sent the message to her.
She was furious that Shelby and I were discussing her. Eventually she understood that I was trying to help. But, for a day or two, it made Lilly feel worse.
I take full responsibility. Sometimes I think with my heart (but I suppose thinking with my heart is better than the body parts some of us think with). I can live with that.
If any of you have similar stories, I’d love to hear them.
I know I’m not the only one who makes errors like this. One of these days I’ll tell you about the guy who couldn’t stop hitting REPLY ALL. That one was a mess.