The piles of paper on my desk are getting larger by the minute. I can't seem to keep up. My email program chimes every few seconds, announcing another bunch of emails. The phone rings constantly, as I keep getting calls from people trying to sell me something, or to extract from me money for some cause. In other words, it's business as usual.
Here's the problem, though: The product or service being promoted is always better than any other. The cause is always more noble, or more worthy of my support, than any other. A caller never questions whether or not I can spare the time to listen to a sales pitch. Salespeople, or canvassers or fund-raisers risk alienating the very people they need to make a sale, or from whom to collect a donation. They are too pushy or too familiar, too inconsiderate of someone else's time. The inevitable 'no,' in response to their pitch, is a word that they seem not to understand.
Maybe I'm just a tad more impatient than I usually am. For the moment, I don't need any more widgets or doodads or thingamajigs, or anything else. Instead, a quiet moment would be nice. After all, I would really like to catch up on my blog-reading.