A few days ago, at the hospital where I work, it became obvious that it was OK for me to cancel some conference room bookings for my therapy groups. These OK conference rooms had been booked several months ago by Chris, a much-more-than-just-OK administrator in the Social Work Office. Last week, I realized it would be OK to hold the groups in my office instead of the conference rooms, and I didn’t want to take those OK-ed rooms away from someone who might want to OK them for a different purpose.
I cancelled the bookings by emailing the people at my hospital who OK and un-OK room bookings, and who have the OK title “Service Response.” To make sure this cancellation went OK with no complications, I copied/cc’ed Chris on that email, because I thought Service Response might not OK cancellations without the OK of the person who had booked the room to begin with.
Are you OK with this explanation, so far?
After I cc’ed Chris, I decided that wasn’t OK enough, because I realized Chris might be confused by my email (which I didn’t think was OK) and she also might get KO‘ed by other emails from Service Response. So the OK course of action, I decided, was to write Chris an OK email explaining the situation.
First, I composed a long email. Then, I decided that was NOT OK to send, because wasting Chris’s time would not be OK, since she and everybody else who works at our hospital has too much to do and not enough time to do it. So, instead, I came up with what I thought was an OK solution. I sent Chris an email with this subject heading:
subject: in case you were wondering about that Service Response email I cc:ed you on …
The email itself was very short, an OK three words:
… let me know.
I didn’t hear back from Chris, and I thought:
That was a very OK solution! I didn’t bother Chris too much and I took care of the possibility of a confusing communication between Chris and Service Response. OK FOR ME!!
Yesterday, I got an equally short email back from Chris:
Are you OK?
I thought that was OK AND hilarious, because:
- I had spent so much time and energy over-thinking an OK-enough resolution for this trivial situation,
- It obviously would have been OK for me to do NOTHING (saving Chris and myself some OK time and trouble), and
- I wasn’t sure how to answer Chris’s question.
Why do you think Chris asked me that OK question? And, what do you think would have been an OK answer back from me, as a serviceable response?
Here’s the email I wrote back to Chris:
I think so.
Do you think that was OK?
Yesterday, I was feeling OK AND not-so-OK because:
- The outdoor temperature was a non-OK 7 degrees, Fahrenheit.
- I felt OK enough after walking for more than 30 minutes through that cold, yesterday morning.
- The weather report OKed a forecast of MORE SNOW over this entire weekend.
- I feel more OK every day, as I recover from the flu.
- Jackie — who has helped me feel OK at work for the last three years — wasn’t at the front desk when I walked into work.
- Two other more-than-OK people WERE at the front desk, and they greeted me with very OK smiles.
- I’m still waiting for the OK from several different Boston-area cardiologists, regarding lots of recent tests on my I-hope-OK-and-very-unusual heart.
- I tried my OK best to help people feel more OK about themselves, through my work as a psychotherapist.
- After another OK week here in MA, my much-more-than-OK son, Aaron, and I will be flying westward to CA, probably over OK, USA:
Here are some photos I took yesterday, which I hope are OK:
Judging from all those photos, do you think I’m OK?
There’s a word missing, on that white board. I’m OK to wait, while you look again.
Are you OK, right now? If you saw that photo in yesterday’s post and missed the missing word, are you OK with that? Was I OK when I wrote “There’s something with me” on that whiteboard, two days ago in my office? Is it OK or not OK that I left out the word “wrong”? Nobody in the therapy group mentioned it. Were they OK?
Whether you think all these questions and the rest of this post is OK, here’s another OK song on YouTube.
What is OK and not OK with you, in this OK post? Annie will be OK with whatever you write, below.
And one more OK thought, before I end this post:
Last night, my soon-to-be-17-year-old son, Aaron, looked at yesterday’s post AND the draft of this post and told me that my blog is … OK!!!
More-than-OK thanks to Aaron, to Chris, to OK OK, and to every person, place and thing that contributed to ME being OK with this post today … including YOU, for reading it!