just reply.

December 30, 2010

So I wrote this letter.  It was to this singer/songwriter B+I really, really enjoy.  The letter was a request for him to come and play our wedding song.  I’m not asking for all his time, just five minutes really.  It may seem like a lot of work for so little time, but doesn’t knowing the fact you will affect two of your fans lives (and subsequently more due to guests and/or us re-telling the story over and over and over) make it worth it?

I know people are busy.  I know there’s one million and two things to do.  But at least reply back with an answer.  “Thank you so much for your request, but we can’t possibly fit that in at the moment.”

I’ve learned something from this exercise.  At the very least, use an auto-reply when you know you won’t be able to respond in a timely manner.  It’s only right to get back to people with any requests they make. It doesn’t have to be a book, just an acknowledgement.

B has told me before that he and a lot of other people he knows sometimes don’t even respond to emails…ever.  Why not?!  Is it that hard people?  If one takes the time to write you, the least we can do is reply.  In a world of over stimulation, if we can’t slow down for five minutes and respond to the people who want to hear from us, what good is communication at all?


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