Convenience vs Community

Lately I’ve been looking for ways to make my business and lifestyle more efficient (when is that not the case??  Anyway…)  It seems that there are many things I do “just because that’s how I’ve always done them,” without really thinking of why.  So, I was churning these thoughts in my head today as I walked to the bank and the post office.

“Ya know, I could just use the ATM instead of going to Sidney (the teller guy, not the city  =)  On that note, I could set up an account with FedEx and avoid waiting in line at the Post Office too.  Surely that would help me save a few minutes next time.”  But then I thought about it a little more…

The more convenient and automated things become, the less human interaction there is.  Admittedly there are times when that’s a good thing; but the fact remains that the more touch screens, drop boxes, and websites I deal with, the less I get to know the people behind them.  There’s a sense of community when I joke around with Manny at the Post Office or Sidney at the bank.  It’s the human interaction and relationships we form that make our lives richer –not the speed at which we conduct business.

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