You either love them or hate them. And honestly, most of the time I hate them. They are bothersome and annoying. I also find the little blue head and shoulders icon that my phone uses to alert me to a new voicemail hideous and intolerable. That means that I check my voicemail very quickly upon receiving a new one or simply clear the counter just to make the icon disappear. Most of the time, the voicemails that I receive are requests for me to call someone back without much other information. Those are the voicemails that perpetually exasperate me. Either leave some information or don’t leave a message. I will call you back if I see that I missed your call. It is just that simple. No need for me to go through the process of checking my voicemail and being required to either save or delete all of my previously ignored or saved messages just so that I can hear, “Rachel, call me back.”
However, there are voicemails that I have come to appreciate and even love. These are typically voicemails from people I hold dear to my heart. And they are either hilariously entertaining or heart-warming. I have several voicemails from some of my closest and dearest friends that just make me smile when I listen to them. They remind me that I am loved, and sometimes, that I would be missed if I were gone. These voicemails have the power to touch my heart. I have learned to appreciate them and love them, especially when those close to my heart cannot be physically close to me. I try to save at least one endearing voicemail from each friend I am close to. You never know when you can just use a smile from hearing your best friend.