Saturday, June 6, 2009

157/365 Thoughts and Prayers

I'm Lowell aka LJ for those viewing this on Facebook. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one (Lowell)in her friend list. She truly appreciates all of the well wishers and gestures in this difficult time.

I'll do my best to keep this brief. I was apologizing to a colleague Tuesday afternoon becuase I missed a Monday conference call. I was at Shands. I explained everything that was going on for some reason and as we were getting off the phone she said, "I'll definitely keep your friend in my thoughts and prayers." She always says this whenever something bad happens to anyone at my company. It annoys me. It's lazy and cliche and forced. That's why I'm always stuck for something to say when I'm the outsider. I won't give in to the cliche, but "That sucks", which is what's honest, is inappropriate coming from a 3rd, 4th or 5th party. Strangely enough, the T 'n P comment didn't annoy me, even though she said it at least three times. I appreciated the effort, and it made me understand that the cliche is okay. It's a cliche for a reason. As a true master of all 36 chambers of cynicism, that's hard for me to get my head around. There's no such thing as too much or too little goodwill.


JSG said...

Right there with you. I never know what to say. The T and P is a shorthand for omigodthatisterribleyoudon'tdeserveto havethathappentoyou. Because fate can be a mysteriously evil bitch and we don't deserve this. Feels good to have so many joining in our combined outrage and hopefulness. Power in numbers, I guess.