Punctually Challenged

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Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one’s watching. Schedule like you don’t have a blackberry.

Have you noticed how easy it is to run late or cancel plans with a quick message on the go? It’s so easy to text “running 15 minutes behind” that we do it with reckless abandon, ostensibly absolving ourselves of messing with friends’ plans. Did we leave each other hanging for 15 minutes so flippantly ten years ago, or has technology made it all too easy for us to flake out.

A friend of mine lost her blackberry on vacation and six weeks later, she’s doing just fine – great, in fact. When she says she’ll meet you at 8pm, she’ll be there at 8pm, and so will I, because I can’t reach her to say I’m running late. It keeps us accountable to each other in a way that’s really refreshing. 

Punctuality is sexy.

~ Karen Cleveland

1 Comment

  1. jacquelynwest
    April 13, 2011

    I’ve been saying this for a while now as to how socially incompetent people have become. It’s a me-driven society and there is little regard for other people’s schedules. There has been many an eve where my 8pm date turns into 3 I’m late texts, and me sitting alone for an hour (not to mention having rushed myself to make the date). I call for a revolution of keeping dates and being considerate!

    On this topic I feel hugely sympathetic to the poor PR gals who get 100 RSVPS and only 15 people show up. RSVP should equal attendance, not just an option.

  2. Belinda
    April 15, 2011

    As always, you are correct! Technology is great, but it is quickly taking away the ‘essence of the moment’. Almost obsolete..almost…
    Remember when you would rush to meet your closest girlfriend just to tell her what happened that day with that cute boy in the office? The thrill to relish the ‘interlude’ and to share a special secret? Now the moment can be summed up in an email, tweet, bbm, facebook …

  3. SammyD
    April 15, 2011

    Biggest pet peeve – RSVP = no show. And flaky bailers. Don’t say “I’ll try to swing by” or “see you there” if you are wavering or not going to come and trying to save face. Just say, “Sorry, I can’t make it.”

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    April 21, 2011

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