Day 365 Week 52 Q4 Sunday, December 31, 2023

The action of making one view or belief compatible with another seems like a good way to end one year and begin the next. We often talk about being on the same page as a metaphor, and now that the worldwide web is ubiquitous, there is even a place and a page to do so. Think about how difficult it is for large entities to agree on what they want to say on their home page. Imagine delegating this task to a webmaster. Unless a senior management team member is driving this process, it is not likely that the entire enterprise can reconcile its identity on a single page.

As we are generally of more than one opinion or belief about most issues, even if unconsciously so, this act of reconciliation is a nontrivial exercise. And is there ever a conscious time we take the opportunity to internally reconcile our point of view and get on the same page? Perhaps the end of one year is a good time to update social media profiles, which seems to be another way of getting on the same page.

Do your answering machine messages,  email signature blocks, websites, and if you have one business card, all say the same thing? All connote who you are in a consistent manner.  I am certain I do not and equally certain that this does confuse people.  It has become so easy to say who you are in various persistent manners that most of us have a jumble of messages out there for the world to see about who we think we are, who we thought we were, and who we aspire to be.

And, of course, we do have multiple roles in life and show different faces to each other at different times. I am sure we even internally have more than one identity as well, which is context-dependent and a moving target. I am thinking on this last day of the year that perhaps some sort of reconciliation might be in order.

Of course, the downside is that the world might know who we are better than we do. The synthesis of all of our profiles, past and present, likely paints a different picture of us than the one we are currently holding of ourselves. This is especially true when we take into account not just what we consciously wrote or said but what pictures say about us. Many of these pictures may not even have been posted by us but by others, and we may not even know of their existence or posting.

Additionally, if you have been around for considerably longer than the internet, the composite profile will likely leave out large hunks of your life. It is a lot harder to get a handle on people who are either not represented much online or over-represented online.

It is just an end-of-the-year thought that some sort of reconciliation might be in order.