If you are like me, you’ve got multiple phones and multiple voice mailboxes to manage. Probably a cell phone and a work phone, perhaps a home phone too. Often times that light which informs us of a voice mail in our inbox is more of an annoyance than a pleasure. It’s almost like that light has a tiny voice that says, “I have another task for you, more for your to do list.” We have that connotation because that is commonly what voice mails contain, a message from someone who needs something from us. What if, when you entered your inbox the message was not of need, but it was the voice of a friend who called simply to tell you how important you are to them.
Today’s small step towards adding PEP to someone’s life; leave a voice mail of gratitude to bring a smile to its receiver. The best times to call are when you know a person is not available. That way you are sure to be able to leave a message. For me, it’s 6:15am right now. This is a great time to call the office of friend because most people are not in yet.
What do you say in your message? Tell the person you are calling that you just wanted to remind them that they are amazing. Thank them for being in your life. Articulate how much you appreciate their talents. Describe how much they mean to you. End by telling them you hope their day is filled with many more unexpected and pleasant surprises.
Another option, have some fun with it. Be silly. Once upon a time I left a Mission Impossible message for a friend with instructions to meet me for lunch. I even began by playing the Mission Impossible theme song at the beginning of the message. Talk about a voice mail that I received a speedy response from.
In the end, I bet you will find yourself uplifted as well. Isn’t it amazing how much better it is to give than to receive! Go ahead and make that call.