The Power of Google
Hey, what’s the weather like this week? Google it! How bad is traffic? Google it! What time is that movie playing? Google it! How do I recover from my recent break-up and deal with this new emotional and existential crisis? Uh, Google it…??
We’ve all been trained to utilize Google, and other search engines, to answer those random questions/musings and otherwise make our lives easier. So, why not use Google for personal growth and support as well?
I discovered the power that Google can have from a self-help application firsthand after my divorce. While our split seemed more amicable than most (the default divorce sentiment seems to be 98% negative…a story for another time), there were still those feelings of loss, rejection, and overall “where do I go from here?”
So I started Googling, literally every emotion and thought I had, negative or positive, about my divorce…I Googled. Like many, I was stuck and didn’t know what my future would look like or if I would even have a future for that matter. The benefits for me of this strategy were two-fold and have assisted me in other areas of my life, outside of supporting me after my relationship ended.
The first is I found support in the online community – I’d Google anything related to divorce and find a plethora of people going through the same / similar and it put my mind at ease knowing I wasn’t the only one working through these emotions and feelings. Secondly, through searching one inevitably happens upon psychology sites which lay out the different “stages” of a break-up/split, the pitfalls of each, and helpful tips for working through these challenges and ensuring one doesn’t backslide into a previous stage. This one-two punch of support and guidance throughout the process was invaluable to my recovery and eventual growth as a person.
Blessings on blessings,