Friday, January 13, 2006

Catching up is hard to do

I am deeply flawed. Here's proof.
As work was relatively slow this morning, and I am so congested that I can barely talk anyway, I spend a good chunk of my morning responding to personal emails..... going back to last June.

I am normally a good, prompt correspondent. But when I get an email that I want to send a thoughtful reply to, I just keep it in my inbox and tell myself I'll write something truly moving once I have time to do a good job of it. Then things start to pile up. Am I normal? Do other people do this? I'm the same way with condolence letters and wedding gifts... sometimes I want to do such a good job that I just don't do it at all... I procrastinate until it becomes a mute point. I don't always work that way, just with people who intimidate me enough that I don't want anything glib coming from me to be presented to them.

So, at least in regards to emails, I played catch up this morning. I think I've encountered one of my biggest, most human character flaws. I'm not sure what to do about it, besides deal with the guilt and large piles of catching up that will always be before my face.

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