Does anyone else have a brain response switch that flips on and off? A switch that allows and doesn’t allow you to respond to your emails and comments?
Or does everyone else in the Universe read their email or blog comments and nicely respond within five minutes? Or within the hour?
My friend, Susie Q, brought this to the forefront this morning. (Thanks, Susie !)
She had written me a nice email yesterday. Or the day before. She asked questions and requested photos. Then she wrote another nice email this morning discussing something else. When Kathy had not responded in an appropriate time manner she finally asked, “Hey, are you getting my emails?”
Yes, Susie Q. I am getting your emails. Except there’s this brain problem. The switch that says “Respond to your 23 emails and messages and blog comments” is not turned on.
You can’t jump-start these brain switches. Usually. Either the switch is on or off. You have to wait until something magically turns the lever back on. I never know what that might be.
It’s a kind of communication switch. Here’s what happens: A creative outpouring bursts through the circuits and turns on the switch. Out comes the blog, the comment, the connector. The circuits sizzle. The circuits dance. Communication hath occurred!
Then…often in my case…the switch turns off.
(Unless the communication is pressing and needs response immediately. That flips the switch automatically.)
The brain says, “Wasn’t that lovely communication? Didn’t we enjoy that?” and then it enters Passive Mode. It cannot speak unless directly addressed. That’s not even true. It cannot speak even as comments, emails or hellos appear. It remains mute.
It’s interested. You can’t say it’s not interested. It is very interested. It is often fascinated and engaged. The brain reads and processes and the heart says, “Oh this is so cool!” or “Oh this is so sad” or “Really? Really this happened?” but nothing translates to turn on the brain switch and respond in written form.
Usually within 24 hours something happens and the circuits open. What makes them open? Who can tell? Suddenly I find myself responding to 23 emails and comments in a flurry of connection.
You have to respond asap. Because you know the circuit will shut off soon and you’ll be left mute and silent until the next circuit opens.
I keep telling myself, “Why even read your emails until you’re ready to respond? Why not wait until the response circuit is open and then check your email?”
But something inside must love this mute place of receptivity where no response is possible. It loves being able to simply receive for a while instead of responding. It loves holding everyone in a place of love before it responds in words.
So if I don’t get back to you within 24 hours…please be patient. It’s really not me. It’s the brain response circuit. It’s still not open to allow for much communication.
What about you? Does your brain response circuitry turn on and off? Or are your responses steady and in-the-moment? (OK, sometimes my brain responses are in the moment. Really they are! It’s just that quite often everything goes into silent receptive mode.)
Susie Q, that response is coming soon. I promise you it is. Well, I can’t promise. But the brain connectors eventually DO turn back on!
P.S. The worst-case scenario is when the switch turns on and writes a second blog before you’ve even responded to the comments from the first blog. Then the switch turns off again just as you’re preparing to answer. That is the worst. (Sorry, yesterday’s commenters…I promise to get to you, too, as soon as the switch turns on again. Sigh…)