Man vs Computer

I had today’s blog sorted, or so I thought.

I told a story this morning from years ago, when I said I knew a tune on a gig and really I didn’t. It went badly and I have never made the same mistake since. I thought it would make a good story for today’s blog and a few minutes ago I set about writing it.

The problem was that somewhere in the back of my head I thought I may have used this story in a blog before. And I didn’t want to repeat it if so. I searched and searched through my blog page for it, using all the terms I thought could be relevant to it, and couldn’t find it, until from somewhere the term ‘just say no’ came into my head.

I’m not sure where it came from, but it’s what I should have done on the gig that night. I typed it into the search bar on my page and scrolled down, and there the story was, in a blog entitled “I know that tune“.

Scuppered. Don’t have much time – what else can I think of?

And then it came to me, the lesson from this whole episode.

I had typed in more than 10 terms earlier, looking for the relevant blog. After 452 blog posts it gets tricker to find things. And my computer is pretty clever, as is yours, as are our phones, but yet it was the memory of a phrase used, recalled by me from somewhere in the back of my head, that led me to eventually finding it.

Computers can be great, as can phones. And they are getting smarter all the time. Used correctly they can make our lives easier and more efficient. But there are still some things that we can do better than they can. And there always will be.

Compassion. Instinct. Laughter. Loyalty. Kindness. Generosity. Smiles. Empathy.

Pay attention to these things, do them things well, and the world around you immediately becomes more human.

And that’s usually a good thing.