I no sooner accepted the meeting notice for a public training event in Europe that my mind began to race. The dates were setting off bells in my head for some reason so I pulled out my cell phone and checked my calendar.
The only thing now scheduled for those dates were the training events in Europe yet for some reason I still could not let go of the thought that I had something else scheduled for those dates.
Damn this cell phone anyway! For the first 40 years of my life I was somehow able to keep my calendar year stored in some little compartment in my brain. Doctors’ appointments, meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, vacations, my kids sports and school activities; you name the date and time and I could tell you if I was busy or available.
The computer age was supposed to make life easier. Just enter the events in your calendar as they come up and with a couple taps of your fingers you can see a week, a month or specific date and time. Yep, technology will save us all! It will keep track of dates, expenses, files, contacts and phone numbers.
Yet somehow I miss the days when I had the phone numbers of all my important contacts (Wife, Parents, Kids, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles and Friends) all stored in my head. Today I know my wife’s phone number and my parents land line.
Has the use of technology caused that once active part of my brain to somehow become lazy?
I once read that Albert Einstein didn’t believe in memorizing phone numbers. That he believed that memorizing facts that can easily be found in a book was a waste of the brains storage capacity. If this is truly the case we all have a bunch of unused capacity lying around in our brains waiting to learn more or make some kind of connection that results in a fantastic idea or invention.
What I do know to be true is that invention is not going to come from my brain this morning because I know I had something else scheduled for the first week of March in 2016 and I just can’t stop thinking about it.
I’m convinced my pre-technology brain would have sorted this problem in a millisecond. My post technology brain… well it relies on my cell phone and if one forgets to hit enter it has no recall whatsoever!
Some might say I’m just getting old, I prefer to blame technology!