I opened an email the other day to see THIS:
It was terrifying.
You see, I had 777 followers on Twitter and I was thinking that was a really great place to stay. Just look at that beautiful number - 777 - it's perfection, so safe and strong. But the person who sent me that picture above thought it necessary to sabotage my Twitter number happiness, and sent out many tweets asking people to follow me, therefore increasing that number and changing it.
(Okay, fine. I had done the same thing to him in the past.)
(Hence the terrifying Mel Gibson Payback photo above.)
I'm sharing this with you for a few reasons. If you read my post a couple of days ago, you're aware that I wasn't having the best day. So the truth is, I needed the silly Twitter banter to cheer me up. That's one of the beauties of social media, I think, connections at just the right moment. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it can replace face-to-face relationship and communication, but it sure can provide an avenue for the small connections a person sometimes really needs throughout a long day. Let's face it, people are living more isolated and independent lives than ever before. Maybe that's why we love facebook, blogging, tweeting, and texting so much. It's connection.
As MckMama waited alone during Stellan's surgery the other day in a city far from family and friends, she tweeted about receiving texts and tweets, and how much they were helping her, from real life friends and not. The support was like a buoy, I'm sure. I know because I felt it during my Asher's (less risky) surgery last year. People I knew and didn't know reached out and said they were there for us largely because of this avenue of communication that some look down on. There was absolutely no way to feel like no one cared, no way to feel alone, just our family struggling through. Instead, I constantly felt the whispered prayers and well wishes for my boy, and it was good.
Blogging and even Twitter have brought a whole lot of people into my life that I never would have met in any other way. These are people who inspire me and make me laugh, tell good stories and truly care. It's good stuff.
The Twitter rivalry the other day took place between myself and Mr. Mother Letter Project. He and his absolutely lovely in every way wife Amber are an inspiration to me. They are the kind of people that don't just talk about caring for the world around them, they live it. Thankfully they have the Internet to spread the word when something beautiful and good is up their sleeves. Their latest inspiring project is going to be revealed very soon, and I'm so excited to be a part of it. I'll be telling you more about that in the weeks to come.
There are so many people doing amazing things they wouldn't have been able to do without the world wide interweb, and I love watching beautiful things unfold here, things that bring help to people who need it.
And really, a Mel Gibson Payback poster in my inbox, making me laugh when I hadn't laughed all day, that's just the icing on the cake.