I spent last evening calling over 100 people in North Carolina as part of campaign volunteering. I decided that I wanted to get more involved with the election this year. So I signed up for several volunteer activities such as phoning people and registering those who are eligible to vote.
The phone experience was interesting. I learned that: 1) Most of those in the less than 30 years old age group weren't at home. 2) Men were much more graphic in their description of where I could stick "it" than women. One man told me that he had a bullet for me and that SOB that I was calling on behalf of. Most of the women told me that it was none of my business whether they were voting. 3) I found that those who were older than 80 years were happy to have someone to talk to. Maybe they were lonely, but they seemed to enjoy telling me about the issues they thought were important. 4) I would say that about half the people I reached were enthusiastic about the candidate and said that they would definitely be voting.
I didn't take anything said as being personal. That's not to say that I didn't think some of the comments were filled with so much anger and hate. Nothing new there when it comes to politics! It was good to be cordial even if the other person was rude. I have learned something about detaching from emotionally charged situations! I realize that getting calls, regardless of what they are about, can be a real nuisance. After doing the calls, I definitely have more compassion for telemarketers now. It felt good to be done with my long list of names and to end the evening on a good note with some positive thoughts from an ardent supporter that I reached.