Today, I came across an article offering "Three Steps to Improve Your Signature". The author suggested:
1. Find A Font You Like
2. Practice Only The Capital Letters
3. Write Your New Signature Over And Over
I pondered the tips for a few moments, wondering if at the age of 51 and counting I was too old to reinvent my signature with a new font.
Then I asked myself why it matters. Aren't we moving beyond handwriting and cursive to keyboarding and thumbtyping? I myself routinely sign documents via a pdf signature tool.
But even that is a facsimile of my real signature.
In fact, when I stop to think about it, I sign my name "for real" multiple times per day. Over the past few years, as my vision has dwindled and I've become lazy, that signature has become a scrawl more representative of an EKG reading than a beautiful font.
There is one time I take special care to do my best with my signature -- when I have the honor of signing a book for someone. At a recent event, I took care with each of the 150 signatures, privately giving thanks for the tremendous honor of inscribing a book for a reader. There is something so personal in that action, so humbling and precious, that does give me impetus to take the time to write my name clearly and legibly.
One additional note about my signature - you will always see me sign using my middle initial "M." My "M." is a tribute to my amazing mother Anne. We share the middle name "Marie" with my maternal grandmother Bessie. When I sign with my "M." I give private thanks for my mom, who has always been an amazing source of love and support for each of her children.
To answer my own question, I'd say, "Yes, signatures matter."
Your turn: How often do you sign your name? Do you consider your signature to be a significant representation of you, or is it a simple formality in today's world.