It’s a double wammy today. Yup, I’m thankful for two things. They may seem insignificant and shallow on the surface, but they are extremely useful tools.
At first I didn’t like social networking sites. This was back when I was too cool to like anything that the masses thought were cool. Sure, I’d set up a MySpace account or Facebook profile, but I’d never update, check my messages or accept friend requests. That is, until I realized that all my friends had moved away and I was stuck in a really scary place down in Florida all by myself. I turned to the Internet before I got too lonely and depressed. And in a few key strokes I had found all my old friends, made a few more, reconnected with family members from the other side of the country and joined a slew of fun groups. I am not a social person so if it weren’t for Facebook then I wouldn’t know about all the weddings, babies, graduations, and amazing career paths that some of my classmates have taken. I want to know about these things. I want to know what people are up to and I want to share what I’m up to. Facebook is a wonderful tool for those of us who are shy or anti-social. It streamlines human interaction into a neat package. It works for me and I am thankful that I have it as an option to keep my friends and family up to date with my life.
I’m also thankful for my smart phone. Silly, I know. Surprise, surprise, I also used to dislike smart phones. They seemed so unnecessary and distracting to me. I swore I’d never get one. But when my lap top and camera were stolen, my husband got me one. He felt bad that I couldn’t check my Emails or post to Facebook, so he got one to help me through the tough time. It turns out that I absolutely love this little package of smartness! I use it more as a camera than a phone, which is my favorite part. I’m obessed with taking pictures of my kids. I mean, I’ve had the phone for just over a year and have more than 5,000 pictures on it. I love that I can edit the pictures right there on the device and then up load them via wifi to an Email or post. And I love that I can even write a blog post (complete with pictures) on the WordPress app. I can keep notes on it while I’m out & about and away from the computer; I can sync my calendar with my husband’s phone; I can measure the distances of my runs; I even have a GPS on there so I can see if my husband has left work yet (or he can see where I am on my runs). I am thankful to have it…now that I have it. I don’t think it’s something I need, just something I really like. But I do have to admit that it does make a lot of things easier.
It’s good to try out things you don’t like. You might end up being thankful for them later.