This has been an interesting last few days in terms of my #BeatRejection Challenge. As I feared, I’ve sort of petered out a little. I found I had a lot of things vying for my attention and the last thing I had to worry about was figuring out additional tasks for myself. That being said, I’ve found that this challenge is changing me in other ways, and I am doing things that are, maybe, a little less task oriented.
I took a stand. I found myself in a situation where some decisions were made for a group I belong to that I was uncomfortable with. I figured I had two choices: I could grumble along with everyone else, simply follow the herd when it came to making a decision on how to participate or I could take a stand and express my concerns and desires, something that might paint me as a trouble-maker and cause some uncomfortable moments down the line. I went with the latter. I approached three different groups (does this count as three different #BeatRejection tasks?) and expressed my concerns. From the most immediate group I got a response from about one-third of those contacted. Most was positive. I think only one was negative. I was later contacted by the second group and felt very supported. I ended up pleased and feeling like I was making a decision. Things blew up a few days later and I was in the hot water I had originally predicted I’d be in. To be honest, these tasks took up a ridiculous amount of my time. All that being said, I’m still really happy I took a stand.
I’ve started making phone calls instead of email. We’ve become a society where email is extremely easy. It also allows us to avoid confrontation and deal with people on our own terms. As part of the Challenge, I’m making a conscious effort to call people more. I think a little one-on-one verbally allows for a more intimate experience. We can get to know each other and, in some cases, the other person might be able to learn how unhappy I really am. I’ve been making an effort to replace one email a day with a phone call. I find that the response is wonderful and I’m calling more often overall.
This is sort of odd. I’m sure you’ll tell me if it doesn’t fit the bill. I ordered an item from Amazon that came from a third-party seller. They sent me the wrong item so I emailed through Amazon to let them know and they emailed back asking me to return the item and they would send the new one and credit me the postage. I think that’s really odd. I think they should send me a postage paid label, but they claim they don’t have the ability to do that. I decided to trust them rather than argue. I had also thought of just keeping and using the new item, but it wasn’t what I ordered. So we’ll see. The return is in the mail.
Having nothing to do with the challenge I’m having one of those weeks where everything is getting away from me so I’m having a hard time doing specific challenge tasks. I’ll try to get on track next week.
Even this blog post is half a day late!