If there’s one thing I learned during my convalescence at the end of last year, it’s that no matter how well you know something, you will forget some of the details if you don’t stay in practice. For me, that was reacquainting myself with some of the many names of the contacts in my virtual Rolodex. I say virtual because most of these people’s names are committed to memory from years upon years of calling and e-mailing them. You name the company; I immediately recall the contact. Or so I thought.
It was humbling to come back to work early this year after a full three months out and realize, huh, guess I don’t have these memorized as well as I thought I had. I could either remember the first name and then forgot the last, or vice versa. Sometimes I’d have the name close to correct, but a slight misspelling kept it from popping up in my e-mail contacts anyway.