Just Jot it January, 2019: January 9

“Just Jot It January 9th, AND One-Liner Wednesday!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/09/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-9th-and-one-liner-wednesday/)  Except, of course, NOT one-liner Wednesday for me because these Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

One Liner Wednesday, again, eh?  Well, I will be going for the 500 words again, but I thought I would dig around for a one-liner for you that I can jump off of.

So, what would it be?  The liner in my personal email signature is “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet, 1880 – 1918″.  And in my work email signature it’s “Success is always less funny than failure. Jon Ronson”.   Both of these resonated with me when I chose them, and they still resonate with me now.  We spend a lot of time thinking of ways to be happy, or things to avoid or remove in order to BE happy.  Better to just find contentment in what you have/are.  Not easy for sure.  And I have to work at it every day.  I think I am getting there at work.  I’ve been here over 5 years, and for almost all of those 5 years things were pretty miserable – but only when I had to deal with a couple of specific people.  Now, I have let those people go, figuratively.  They no longer have any place in my mind or thoughts.  They can do what they want, and I can turn away.  It’s a new start for me.

My work signature is just fun.  It reminds me to laugh when I “fail”.  Because we fall down all the time, and what better way to help up get up again then laughing at ourselves?  We may smile at our successes, but we can really only laugh at our failures.

Email signatures are funny things.  My personal email signature contains only the quote.  My work email signature contains my contact information and the quote.  Guess people need to know more about me at work than just what quote resonated with me on a given day.  Some people just put their names, along with things like “Cheers!”  Sometimes I wonder if they remember they are saying “Cheers!” when the email is not overly cheerful.  “Cheers!” at least feels/sounds personal.  Sometimes a signature is just “Regards”, which is fine, but feels a bit distant when you are someone closer to the person you are emailing.   I don’t have a sign-off “greeting” in my signature.  Just my name and contact stuff.  I, myself, add a personal sign-off for every email.  Now, to be fair, I don’t send a billion emails a day – I’m not a technical support person like some of my colleagues.  I remember one colleague a long time ago had “Best” as their sign-off, so I would reply signing off “Better”.  I don’t think they got it.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter what’s in the signature, I suppose.  Most people probably don’t even read it (if they even read that far in the email), so I will just laugh and let myself be happy!

Posted on January 9, 2019, in Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Best. Better. I love that! We are so restricted at work. No quotes allowed. Yes, just a little Stepford Wives…. I decided not to use a close so I can say either ‘thank you’, ‘thanks,’ or ‘thanks so much,’ depending on how well I interact with the client. Can you imagine what my emails are like? 😀 Best.

  2. I do Best, when I am bearing less pleasant news, Truly, most often, sometimes Very truly yours, when I really like the client, and when people are sharp, it’s simply Thank you. I don’t do quotes. Am I missing out?

    • Not at all – I just like to be different from my colleagues. I also have an “out of office” email response that begins “You have reached the email of Emily …” Some of my colleagues (the ones I prefer not to ever be around) think it’s dumb. They are what I like to call wrong.

      • I like out of office email. I have not yet had the opportunity to employ mine, but I find it perfectly reasonable. I just calendar that and send my email when the after has arrived. Better than being angry no one has responded!

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