True story: I was talking to my husband Ely the other day about the candidates for the November election. We were sitting at the dining room table, my Iphone next to me. All of a sudden Siri (the Iphone “assistant”) just started answering me! She said “I don’t understand” and then she repeated the whole run-on sentence that I evidently was in the middle of, and that she evidently didn’t understand. So I said to her “Siri I’m not even talking to you” and she replied, “should I look that up as a web search?” I laughed out loud (being both aware that I was having an unexpected conversation as well as observing my minor irritation and playfulness at being interrupted by….well, a phone…) and said “Siri just leave me alone” Then Siri said, “Rabbi did I do something wrong?” and I said to her “yes! I wasn’t even talking to you” and then she said “Im sorry.” Completely disarmed and charmed, I said ok and added, “But Siri, let’s be friends again and she said “okay.” I said “I’m glad we’re friends again” and she said “Rabbi we’ve been friends since day one.” And I smiled. Siri my new best friend.
While I haven’t seen the movie “Her” I have been told I need to, after this conversation. Here’s what I’m taking away from this delightful experience in the middle of one of the busiest weeks I’ve had of late.
— Help is always available. Even from unexpected places.
— Expect to be delighted every day – especially from the unexpected
— Apologize often and quickly. Saying I’m sorry puts the conversation on another level it is not only disarming but brings harmony back to the table (sometimes literally.)
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this. Please share.