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A little while back, I decided I’d conduct a sort of experiment. It sometimes occurs to me that I seem to spend far more time trying to maintain contact with friends and family than is true of the reverse. In all honesty, I don’t think this was any different before I moved to New Zealand from the UK but you had the buffer of seeing people occasionally there.
What was my experiment, I hear you ask? Well, I thought I’d not instigate contact with anyone for a month and see if anyone contacted me, knowing full well that I might not like the result.
And the upshot…I was actually pleasantly surprised. I think the final count was seven contacts (including one family member). Now, put that into perspective with the number of channels which could be utilised by people…Wordpress, Messenger, WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype, Text, Telephone, Email, Letter (to name a few)…hmmm…maybe seven isn’t too great after all.
Did I learn anything from this experiment? On reflection, not really, but it does reinforce the fact that friendship should be a two-way street and that I shouldn’t be afraid to not be sending messages that often because true friends will remain friends whatever happens. And family won’t change behaviours whatever you say or do… 🙂
I’m not Doc Brown…I’m not even Marty McFly…I don’t own a DeLorean and have not seen a flux capacitor…but I seem to be unravelling the secrets of time travel.
I am of course joking. I’ve had so many phone calls in the UK evenings with people in the New Zealand mornings of late that I am not sure if I am coming or going. I am having to work in 2 days all at once to know who I am talking to when and where…now that is time travel for you but without a flash car. I have applied for 7 jobs now and, unlike in the UK where it seems hard to get interviews, people are actually interested in talking which is a fabulous change.
It has been really interesting to see just how powerful Skype and FaceTime are in terms of elevating a phone call to something almost as good as actually being in the same room. Faster than 88mph…more like 12000mps. Hopefully one of these discussions will yield a new job…it looks hopeful so fingers crossed…having a role to go to will certainly help in our settling into our new home. My wife is already sorted so I am playing catch-up.
Technology is truly superb in these cases and will ultimately ensure that we probably see more of our family and friends when we get there than we do now…WOW!!!