06/16/2014 09:27 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gratitude for the GPS Grace of Siri

While Siri was first introduced into our culture in July of 2005, I've just recently tapped into her GPS wizardry and realized what a great travel companion she makes.

What I like best about her is her calm voice when I take a wrong turn. Luckily she has not been programmed to say "You idiot, you missed the turn!" I'm grateful that she was programmed instead with grace, meeting all wrong turns with a simple "make a U-turn at the next block."

Siri simply re-routes you without the human fuss that usually surfaces when you're off course. Beyond that Siri is efficient and reliable and I find that I'm venturing off by myself more because I have complete faith in my trusty travel companion.

When I was GPS-less in Paris, I told my travel companions that there is no such thing as getting lost -- just delayed. Indeed, we were delayed on more than a few occasions, but the philosophy kept us courageous, true explorers.

With Siri I am even more adventuresome and I am no longer delayed. But beyond Siri's tactical skills is her programming genius when it comes to mistakes. We humans would be wise to emulate her ability to re-route someone with dignity.

If you consider the meaning of her name, Siri's grace makes sense. Siri is Norwegian and means "beautiful woman who leads you to victory."

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