Thursday, August 13, 2009

Being Prompt ... and Giving Thanks

Yes, here I am, and I'm on my soap box today!

There are two things that totally drive me nuts. (What, only two you say? haha)

1.) When people are late.

2.) When people don't say thank you.

First things first, promptness.

When you go to the doctor and your appointment is at 3 p.m., you expect to be seen by the doctor at 3 p.m., or say within 15 minutes of 3 p.m. I understand that the doctor prides himself on spending quality time with each patient, and giving the best medical care, but if my appointment is at 3 p.m., and I am not even taken back to a ROOM until 4 p.m., I am not a happy camper.

Promptness not only works with doctor appointments, but for just about anything. Say RSVP-ing for an event. If you get a party invitation, and it says to RSVP by a certain date, please RSVP by that date. The party or event planner does not want to chase you down to find out whether or not you are coming. You are a grown adult. RSVP. It's not as if you are a 13 year old boy who has yet to learn the importance of responding to an invitation. You are an adult, who most certainly has been a party or event planner at some point in your life, and can relate to having to track people down so that you know how much food and supplies to purchase. Please ... work with me here people!

Okay, moving on to thank you.

If you ask someone to help you out with something, please, PLEASE thank them for the time and effort that they have put forth to help you! It is not as though they are sitting around WAITING for you to ask them to do something for you. Believe it or not, they actually have a busy life as well! Yes, they are helping you out because they WANT to help you out, but saying thank you is the polite response for the help you've been given. And when you do say thank you to them, they will be much more willing to help you out in the future ... than if you don't say thank you. Trust me ... you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Oh, and by the way ... THANK YOU for reading my blog!



  1. A real home run there Bridget! I am also a real stickler for the concept of promptness. If a party starts at 7pm, that does not mean walk in the door at 7pm, it means be there a little before so you are THERE when the party starts (my opinion anyways!)..and doctors..enough said!

    Also, Thank you for such a good blog!

  2. So did you thank the kind doctor for seeing you? And did you RSVP the appointment by calling to confirm your prompt attendance?


  3. Yes, I did thank the kind doctor for seeing me! He's actually a fantastic doctor, just chronically late ... which I have overlooked for years because his excellent medical care. It's just that some days it's quite frustrating. We're all only human right? (And that goes for the doctor AND me!)

    And yes, I RSVP-ed for the event promptly! :)