I’m awkward at ending conversations. If I’m talking to someone in person or over the phone, rather than saying, “So long,” I usually veer wildly off topic. If it’s an email, I’m compulsive about sending a “thanks” for information. (While it seems the polite thing to do, why am I making someone open an email when all it says is “thanks”? Yes, I agonize over this stuff.)
I’m pleased to report, though, that I’ve figured out how to exit gracefully from a text conversation.
I have an emoji to thank for that. When I want to end a conversation, I text the “thumb’s up” character. It has so many meanings: “got it,” “I’ll take care of it,” “you take care of it,” “for sure,” “yup.”
Anyone who works with me also knows that this emoji is shortcut for, “This conversation is over. You in no way have to text me back and I for sure won’t be texting you back.”
This little symbol packs a big punch.
I’m giving it two thumbs up.