I began working for myself for a number of reasons -- one of the reasons, however,
was not to let someone tell me what I am going to do for them! Generally, I do try to accommodate most people, but I refuse
to drop everything and turn my own life upside down because of someone's lack of planning and now it it my emergency; or someone
that thinks I have nothing better to do than jump when they tell me; or or someone who believes they are sitting in the seat
to call all the shots.
I ushered in
the New Year with a cold -- hopefully, now that I'm on the downhill side of feeling like "ick", it will be my one
cold of the year and I won't be due for another until the year 2012. Besides doing transcription and other legal/secretarial
projects, I am also a Notary Public for the general public. For about five years in the yearly 2000's, I also went to homes
and witnessed/notarized home refinance loans. When the bottom fell out of everything in 2008, I wanted to be as far away from
that part of my business as I could get. I'm happy to say that now I only do notarizations for the public -- no home purchases,
no refi's, no loan mods ...
around 7:00, I receive a call from a woman needing child guardianship papers notarized. She said she needed them done last
night or first thing in the morning. I advised that I was unavailable last night and I could notarize the papers at 10:00
tomorrow morning (this morning). She proceeds to tell me that she wanted to make an appointment for exactly 10:00 and that
it couldn't be a minute later. Usually, I love general notary work because the people are really great people and really appreciative.
Right off, I didn't like this woman -- I didn't like the tone of her voice, and I didn't like her domination approach. Remember,
it's my business, my notary embosser/stamp, my playground ... make an appointment with a doctor -- sure, you will get there
at your appointment time of 10:00, but you will sit there for at least 15 or more minutes. Unless you have 50 pages that need
notarized, the entire process won't take 5 minutes. However, I bit my tongue and kept what I wanted to tell the woman inside
my mouth and made the appointment for 10:00.
than 5 minutes later the woman calls back. I let it go into voice mail. I waited a few hours before I listened to the message.
She says that she absolutely has to have the papers notarized tonight or before 7:00 in the morning because the attorney needed
to have them served and for me to call her back. WHAT CHANGED FROM MY CONVERSATION FIVE MINUTES EARLIER -- where I told her
that I was not available until 10:00 in the morning?--why does she now still feel that she can come to me tonight or before
7:00 a.m.? If her and her attorney are that much under the gun, why didn't she go to the attorney's office where there is
I don't know what happened with
the guardianship papers or the woman -- I don't even care. I know that it sounds flaky, but treat people with respect -- especially,
if you are the one needing something from the other person. Don't force yourself and "tell" them that this is how
it's going to happen -- AT LEAST DON'T DO IT WITH ME BECAUSE IF YOU DO, THE DOOR OR THE PHONE WILL SLAM IN YOUR FACE AND EAR.