I’m too busy is a statement that I hear a lot of nowadays. Admittedly, I use it too. But, my question to you is this: does your hectic lifestyle excuse you from common courtesy? Or better yet, IS it an excuse for temporarily forgetting your manners?
For most people, their jammed packed schedule is a product of their own doing. For instance, if you choose to sit in on three different committees, chances are you are going to be busy. I have a hard time sympathizing with these cases. At some point, for your own sanity, you must say no. It does not say anywhere that you have to be everything to everyone.
For some people, work and family keep them hopping. With most parents working full time, it is hard to find time to fit in everything. As the kids grow, their schedules get more packed and complex, and we find ourselves running here, there, everywhere.
But, in 2011, everyone carries a phone. On most of them, besides the calling feature, you can access the internet, read email, and send text messages. So, why is it that so many people fail to return a phone call, respond to a text, or even communicate with others because they are “too busy”? It doesn’t take long at all to pick up the phone and return a call, even if it is just to acknowledge it. It doesn’t take long to respond to a text message, even if you aren’t very good at texting. If you are expected at an appointment at the hairdresser and you don’t show or call, because you are too busy, isn’t that rude? Personally, I think that it is. Am I in the minority on this issue? Granted, there are times that you forget, and in that case, I hope that you take the time to apologize and own your mistake. But, to consistently fail to communicate with others because you are too busy….well, it is an excuse and not a very good one!
Am I being too “Miss Manners” on this or do you think I am right?