I returned to work today. Very few people came to the library. The Education Centre which houses the Library was operating on after-hours mode, i.e. swipe access was required to enter the building. That meant that the Library was exceedingly quiet and I was free to concentrate on working without interruption…a rare treat!
I had a very constructive teleconference in the morning but that was my only appointment for the day. By the afternoon, I was starting to fade until I went to the hospital cafe and bought a bottle of red cream soda, a chocolate bar and a packet of jellybeans. Then it all turned a little crazy!
Jellybean wars ensued!
A frivolous conversation about various aspects of jellybeans kept me motivated and amused. It also made me feel connected to the rest of the world. Sitting in a quiet and virtually empty library with not a soul to talk to could have made me feel very alone but Twitter was my companion and motivator.
I had a similar experience much later in the evening. I posted an update on Facebook and another crazy conversation was launched. That feeling of connectedness engulfed me again.
Anyone who thinks social media is a threat to actual personal relationships has never really experienced its positive power. I could have spent the day feeling lonely and sorry for myself but, instead, I felt uplifted by those trivial conversations. It’s the little things that make the difference.
Those silly little jellybeans made my day.
(For the record, Allen’s are the best and I like the white ones!)