We did it together: the world’s first Pick Up the Phone and Call Day!
It was last Friday and we’ve heard some wonderful stories about what happened when you set the intention, picked up the phone, and just reached out. I made three calls to people I love but otherwise wouldn’t have randomly called during the workday, and let me tell you, I felt so grateful for those conversations. Read on below for another story from a listener who picked up the phone—it's great.
Another thing that happened on the holiday was I hosted the live WNYC talk show All Of It. Regular host Alison Stewart was out, and thanks to the magic of technology, I got to talk via broadcast towers all over the New York City metro area from my back bedroom in California while wearing slippers.
One of my guests was comedian (and former Death, Sex & Money guest) Chris Gethard, who has become a connoisseur of the phone call, through his podcast Beautiful/Anonymous and his new celebration of all things in his home state, New Jersey Is The World. He told me about one time that he just picked up the phone and called, when he was just leaving a therapy appointment where he’d talked about the guilt of missing the funeral of a buddy’s father because his depression at the time made it too difficult to go. So, years later, he called to apologize. His friend’s response: I wouldn’t have gone either if I didn’t have to.
The other thing Chris and I did to celebrate the holiday? We invited callers to join us in a singalong of “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” We really did. Listen here, starting at 22:00.
We’re always here if you want to reach out to us. Say hello, or tell us what’s going on in your life, or tell us you need to hear next, by sending a note to email@example.com.
—Anna and the Death, Sex & Money team