true confessions continue from this self isolator – today’s confession so shocking I’m ashamed to share it, but truth must be revealed, so I hereby admit to you all, – I chatted at length with a telemarketer/phone solicitor.
Now I know what you must be thinking, these calls are to be avoided at all costs. And when we do receive them, we get off the phone as quickly as possible, even if rudeness is required to extricate ourselves from the unwanted sales call. (and besides that, I’m on the do not call list)
So imagine “Carole’s” (not her real name) surprise when I engaged her in conversation, inquired after her and the health of her family, etc. . . . this is what isolation does to a person – it clouds our judgement.
This could be a golden opportunity for telemarketers/phone solicitors, though. People are now home and willing to talk to anyone who will listen. I wonder if these solicitors are working from home? at least they still have jobs and I don’t begrudge them that. I am happy for them. Many of us are not so fortunate.
The call I most recently received, (now that I am answering all calls, not just the ones I can identify) you will not believe. You cannot make this stuff up. A car salesman just called me. He had sold me my current car more than five years ago. He called to ask if there was anything he could do for me! I almost said, “yes, could you get a hold of some toilet paper and disinfectant wipes for me please? and have them delivered.”
But I held my tongue thinking that was probably not the reason he had called, but rather to assist me with my most urgent automotive needs. Did he really think I was in the market for a new car at the moment? Besides, I have been instructed to stay home. I can’t be out car shopping, especially when I have no income for the foreseeable future. Certainly he must know that the economy has crashed and people are out of work. But I get that he too needs to make a living. I was kind, thanked him for the inquiry and inquired after his and his family’s health. He meant no harm.
Another thing I must confess is that I find myself waiting for the mail delivery, so that I can engage the postal worker in conversation. (from a safe distance of course) and I am considering calling for insurance quotes on car insurance. I bet those nice people would be fun to talk with as they help me save money on my car insurance . That could be a win/win.
My final confession for today will be this, and it is another shocker. My cat is tired of me. She is tired of me being home all the time because she is used to me going to work every day and often to evening engagements as well. I am infringing on her space and her alone time she tells me, as she is used to having the house all to herself. This is very hurtful behavior on her part. She is clearly ready for me to return to work.
Amid these confessions are many blessing raining down on me daily. Truth is, I am not isolated, I am not alone.
“because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ ” (Hebrews 13:5)
My Heavenly Father is with me. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10)
in truth, I am not isolated, I am not alone.
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. . . . Do not be afraid, for I am with you;” (Isaiah 41:13 & Isaiah 43:5)
sincerely, Grace Day