Authored by Mickey North Rizza
Sometimes life teaches us lessons that we won’t soon forget. I received one of those in the last 24 hours. I was so busy getting ready for my work trip, I forgot to grab my phone. Yes, you read it right, I forgot to grab my phone. Life as an optimist allows me to find alternatives – in this case I am just dealing with it for three days, as the alternative (purchase a pre-paid phone) is expensive and doesn’t make sense.
A colleague noted, you are now working the old fashioned way – using your computer and hotel room phone. Old fashioned? Yes, it is true; our pace of technology growth has completely made landlines “old school.” But, the landline works just fine for the client and co-worker calls, even if I can only do one thing at a time because there is a cord impeding the distance I can travel away from the phone.
The real lesson for me has been the knowledge that communication is at the core of my existence. Can you imagine a world off the grid? No email, no social media, no phone calls? As a people person, I find it a necessity to be connected and the pace of technology has allowed that 24/7. We are communicators by nature, even if we don’t practice real time communicating 24/7; social media does much of that for us.
The bottom line: Communication comes in various forms and relying on it has completely changed our lives – work, home and personal time. We communicate in a variety of manners that even when one device or method isn’t in use, our world assumes we are all still connected. Technology communication has become a core necessity for communication in this world; one must be tied-in to survive.