“Call Me If You Need Something!”

How many times have we heard or said, “Call me if you need something.”  I had someone tell this to me today and I thought to myself, “Really, do you mean that?” If I call you in the middle of the night, can I cash in that offer? If I am moving and need someone to help me on your only day off, will you help? What if I need a place to stay until I get back on my feet, will that be ok? In reality, we really mean, “Call me if you need something-and if it is convenient for me, I will see what I can do.” We do not mean to; we have intentions to be good natured, but the proverbial sentence has lost its impact over the years and no longer means what it once did. We’ve allowed words to replace actions.  I too am guilty of saying this as a parting shot. Say it if you mean it; follow through with it if you say it. If you don’t mean it, use a different sentence.

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