Although today started off much like any other Monday that I've had in the last year, it didn't stay that way for long. Apparently I turned off my alarm, only to wake 25 minutes later wondering why my alarm hadn't gone off. After a few minutes of various morning routine steps, I prepared to step into the shower only to realize that we never turned the water heater back on from our trip. Yay cold shower.
Just as I was about to step out of the office, I got an email saying one of the systems we support was offline, so I jumped online and got that resolved and then we hit the road for the office. It was strange arriving so much later than usual. But not all bad.
A bit later we were sitting in our team meeting and everyone's buzzed, emails dinged, and attention was diverted to a developing issue on campus. Over the course of the next three hours we "learned" details of an event that was initially sent to the campus community as an "active shooter" and we all went into lockdown mode. Hundreds of law enforcement poured onto campus, new crews crowded in, and social media went crazy with "updates" about what was going on.
Later in the afternoon the first press conference was held to explain the situation and based on the details that were given there... well, things were not quite as they seemed, although one person did lose their life and several others were injured. Dispatch article for posterity.
One of the takeaways for me in this is that I needed to back off of the information gathering a little. I was keeping abreast of things going on by checking social media, listening to dispatchers, and reading as much new coverage as I could find. What did it benefit me in the end? Nothing. But it did add to anxiety. And so much of what we heard turned out to be incomplete or just wrong.
Sure, I like to know what's going on. I've always had a propensity to seek out knowledge an the "low down" on what's happening around the work place. I've been well positioned for that, really. But when it comes down to it, that little bit of extra knowledge doesn't actually add to my life or happiness in a meaningful way most of the time.
Maybe today's realization will help me learn how to take a step back, evaluate whether information seeking is a necessity, or just something I've been conditioned to do.
On a side note, it's good to see EPSN has their priorities straight.