We’ve been leaving messages for people on their answering machines and voice mail for years now and we still feel the need to tell them to leave a message. Many years ago my mentor’s husband had a message on his voice mail that I thought was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. It said, “This is Jim. Thanks for leaving a message.” See? My adorable friend, Robin, giggles every time she hears the greeting on my voice mail because I have had This is Cindy Beall…thanks for leaving a message on mine for years now. She laughs as she tells me that I’m being awfully presumptuous and I laugh right back as I tell her, “I’m just being a nice, Texas girl who is thanking them ahead of time. That’s all.” It’s awfully considerate of me, don’t you think? I’m just sayin’.