Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year!I hope that 2014 was a banner year for you and yours.. I’m also hoping that 2015 will serve you well.

Just before sitting down to write this column, I had a unique experience. Several weeks ago, I had a routine medical screening procedure done. I was told to call a 1-800 number after a week had passed to get the results. The results are only available on this recording for two weeks and then they are erased. I guess I wasn’t too worried about the test results, as I forgot to call until it was too late. I suppose if the news was very bad, they would have picked up the phone and called me. I feel okay, so I’m just going to assume all is well.

I mention this as a unique experience because who, over 50 years old, would have ever believed that you’d be calling the doctor to get your test results from an answering machine? I suppose it’s an efficient means of communication, but not very personal. Believe me when I say the doctor and I were VERY personal during the testing procedure. Now he doesn’t even want to talk to me! It make me feel kind of cheap. (Just joking!)

This experience is just another reminder that our world is becoming less personal all of the time. We seldom talk, but rather rely on texting or emailing each other. When was the last time that you hand wrote and mailed someone a letter? It just doesn’t happen any more. Maybe 2015 is the year we need to proactively focus on making our communication a little more personal. It may not be the most efficient way, but could be more meaningful that talking to a machine.


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