Sunday reflections - Change is afoot

Although change is an inescapable part of life, we all seem to meet it with varying degrees of resistance. Especially if things change in ways we don’t expect them to, or want them to.

This was very evident during the 2 day- conference I just returned from, celebrating CHIA (California Health Care Interpreters Association) Annual Conference.  Having been in the field for almost 30 years now, I still recall the early days of my career as a translator, with a manual typewriter and white out.  Google? Forget it!

As with almost any industry these, days, the exponential growth of technology is having a huge impact on our field. Machine translation, over the phone interpreting, video remote interpreting, are just a few of the developments we have seen in recent times. And more, of course, is on the way.

Now, there are many legitimate concerns with the adoption and use of this technology.  There is much to be done to educate the developers and users of this technology, so that they actually enhance the availability and quality of language services for limited English speakers, and provide a meaningful, well compensated and healthy work environment for the interpreters who will always be indispensable in this nuanced enterprise of cross linguistic and cross cultural communication.

What I most came away with though, is our fundamental relationship to change. Is it one of fear? Or one of opportunity?

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.

So next time you are faced with changing circumstances, dear reader, what is your choice? I, for one, intend on throwing myself out into the open. Join me?



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