Sure, social media can make us distracted at times. But I’m convinced it helps me be more present and mindful of the world around me.
On a recent morning I set out for a walk in a light snow. Not enough had come down to give it that snowy-day beauty. Instead it was a rather nondescript gray day, with just enough snow to get a bit wet.
But my new habit of snapping photos during my walk had me look past the gray. I’m looking more closely for something interesting, with an eye to sharing them via my Foursquare checkins and perhaps a tweet or blog post later on. I pause, and notice the droplets of water clinging to a branch.
Horn Pond lies right outside our doorstep. I took swimming lessons there growing up, and have walked around it hundreds of times. It would be easy to take for granted; I have sure done so many times. But capturing and sharing this special place through social media has deepened my appreciation for it.
Whether it’s a darkening winter day, or the brilliant colors of autumn…
We pass but once through this world. Yes, depending on how it’s used, social media can distract us from the people and world around. Or, it can be a tool that helps us pause, appreciate, and share the many forms of beauty there are to behold.