Social Media Saved My Morning…
My husband and I were awakened at 6:15 this morning by a loud noise. It sounded like something had hit our home. We immediately flew out of bed and ran to check the kids. Even though they’re big kids(adults) now – the first thing we did was to check to make sure they were okay. Amazingly both boys slept right through it. Once we knew they were okay, we checked the dogs and looked out all the windows. We couldn’t see anything or hear anything. I thought maybe it was another earthquake, we did have one in Maine not long ago. [MAINE EARTHQUAKE] I was actually at planet fitness when that one happened and thought that maybe someone had set off the “LUNK” alarm. I could not figure out what was going on so I turned to Facebook and Twitter.
It is amazing that today I go to social media before I turn on the news. Back in the day I would have turned on the TV to see if there was any breaking news. This morning Facebook and Twitter gave me what I needed to know immediately. Within a few minutes I saw friends who lived closer to the explosion posting what they knew. It was an explosion, two homes were destroyed and they thought it was propane. [MAINE EXPLOSION] Within a half an hour there were pictures being posted and people checking in about what they heard and saw. There were friends 20+ miles away who heard and felt the explosion. By the time I was ready to turn the news on – our power had been turned off. So I stayed tuned into social media and continued to follow the story throughout the day.
Social media is a great tool if used correctly. Today I was able to quickly find out what was going on, I was able to start praying for the individuals involved right away and I was able to connect with people I cared about who lived over by the explosion. If I hadn’t been able to get the facts right away I may have spent more time making up a story about what had happened or worrying about things that I didn’t need to worry about. I can waste so much time and add to my mental clutter when I try to figure stuff out without the correct information. Today the information on social media was put out quickly – this allowed people to respond immediately and I got to stop making up a story in my head about what I thought could have happened.
Today was tragic. My prayers go out to those who lost a loved one, to those whose homes were damaged and to any who were involved in today’s catastrophe. My thanks goes out to the emergency teams and to the great city of Yarmouth, Maine for dealing with this event quickly and professionally.
Today I’m grateful for social media. Tomorrow I may go back to being annoyed with it but today I’m grateful for this new, transparent way to connect with others.
And most of all I am grateful for my loved ones. Tragedies like today remind me of how precious and fleeting life is.
What are you grateful for today?
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