"Have a blessed day"? Don't say it if you don't genuinely mean it.
There are people who take great offense if someone tells them to "Have a blessed day". I am not one of those people—in general. When someone says it to me with genuine feeling and sincerity, I take the words with gratitude. I may or may not share the person's same faith, but that isn't the point. That individual wanted to share their good spirit and wish me well, and I'll accept it without protest.
But there are times when I've heard those words said with great in sincerity and that truly bothers me, rubs me as hypocritical and against all that the person's faith should stand for. Such a time happened this past week at work. As often happens on days when the doctor is out on house calls, the phone was busy with people calling to find out when he would be at their home. And we can only tell them what we told them when they first got their appointment: unfortunately we can't give an exact time, just that it will be at some point during the day between 10am-6pm (or 1-6pm on certain days). Because it depends on how long each house call takes. If everyone is home. If there are traffic issues. If he has to re-arrange his schedule at the last minute.
Many are fine with that, given how few doctors even do house calls in this day and age. But we still have some (usually adult children who hate the idea of having to spend—gasp!—potentially one full day or afternoon in their home-bound parent's company) who love to call and complain about how inefficient this system is. What an inconvenience it is to them that we cannot give a more exact time. I had one such caller give me an earful about this and when I apologized that there was nothing I could do about it, she just hung up on me—but not before adding a sharp-toned "Have a blessed day" before ending the conversation.
Yes, I'm sure that's the spirit in which her God intended people to wish blessings on others. Does saying it somehow make her feel better about her complaining and rudeness? Something like, "I've blessed this awful person on the phone, now I'm absolved of my anger and attitude toward her"?
For what it's worth, when the doctor did get to the house in question, within the given time frame, no one was home. So it was a waste of his time and gas, but I guess it's okay because a blessing was given instead of being there for a scheduled appointment.
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