Day 8 HAWMC prompt asks us to write about our best conversation this week.
(You can start at HAWMC Day 1 here)
I recently bought a car, and there was a slip-up at the dealer resulting in my needing to go in and re-sign all of the paperwork. The finance manager called me apologizing heavily, explaining the situation, and asking me to come in as soon as possible.
When I arrived, none of the paperwork was complete. The finance guy appeared embarrassed and flustered. The following conversation ensued:
Finance Guy: "I'm so sorry! It must look like we don't know what we're doing around here."
Me: "It's all good...how long will this take?"
FG: "Probably about 10 minutes. Again, I'm so sorry...I'll get you out of here as soon as possible."
Just this tiny little conversation lead me to think about how minute this "problem" was compared to how others suffer in the world. Right now, someone somewhere received a negative after having gone through a painful (emotional and physical) IVF cycle. Resigning paperwork and having to wait 10 minutes seemed like nothing.
I think of my friend who landed in the hospital last November after her body declined to fight off a double viral infection and almost died (38 years old).
Um, I'll just take the "problem" of resigning paperwork, thank you.
The rest of the conversation went like this:
Me: "Please, no worries. Plenty of people have way bigger problems."
FG: Lots and lots of stories about how calm his wife is and how anxious he is and how he constantly worries and wonders what others think and about how he has to keep moving fast or people will be mad at him, etc, etc, etc.
I nodded and smiled. It's the therapist in me.