Huh? A guy calls the local airport and asks “How long does it take to fly to Detroit?” The clerk says, “Just a moment.” and the guy says, “Thank you.” and hangs up.
Everybody seems to be in such a hurry these days that there just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of real communicating going on.
I was about to type “People just don’t listen these days.” Then I gave it some thought. Who am I to be writing such a thing as that? I’ve always been a rotten listener and I realize that I am getting worse at it. Some things I don’t hear these days. Some things I unconsciously “selectively” don’t hear. I have this hearing disability whereby I don’t hear some things I don’t want to hear. There seems to be a lot of that going around. In fact, I do believe there are more and more people these days who do not listen to their conscience and even more who are deaf and blind when it comes to using their good sense.
If you have ever been a parent then you know that “DAH!” look you get back from your children when you try to tell them something they don’t want to hear. Especially teenagers. Today that “teenagers” means children over ten or even nine. In their own mind kids nine or ten consider themselves teenagers and teenagers consider themselves young adults. Me? At 87 I consider myself middle aged. It’s all in the way you look at it. Moses was 120 when he died. Now I’m not Moses but I’m not dead yet either. And I’m not stone deaf. It’s just that I don’t hear some things, especially when my mind is preoccupied and that is most of the time because I turn a lot of stuff over to my subconscious mind to work on and I’m often receiving answers which I called for from my subconscious and if you happen to try to tap in on my conscious mind just when I am getting a delivery I might try to wave you off. I might just hold up my hands face outward and if you’d don’t happen to be looking my way you might not realize that your communication to me is not getting through. I can’t help that. I’m not responsible if you don’t realize you didn’t get through to me. Maybe you should weave in some test questions when you think you are communicating, and if all you get back is a “Dah!” look then you will make a note go over that topic a while later when I look more receptive or perhaps send me an e-mail to remind me.
So while we are on the subject, “How long does it take to fly to Detroit?” Well, if you take Southwest for the good rates you will first have to fly to Chicago and change planes. Then it depends on how long you have to wait in Chicago for your connection and if you get out on time.
There are just no easy answers these days when it comes to communicating.