I LOVE the social network. I have had wonderful experiences, as well as valuable lessons. I think about who all I have met in various cities/states that I probably would have never met without the use of social networking, let alone the internet.
I am currently visiting a "sister" of mine in New Jersey, whom I met via Facebook through someone I knew via my "brother" (6 degrees of separation, right?! lol). She is going to be birthing her second son into the world any day now and we are estatic! We were chatting yesterday and she said something to me that was so humbling. I remember the day she announced to me via Facebook that she was pregnant. She said to me yesterday how if it wasn't for me and the conversations we had, she doesn't know what she would've done. Now let me explain something...she and I had never met face to face, never spoke on the phone...only knew of each other via Facebook when she announced she was pregnant. Other than my visit here this month, we have only been in each other's presence in December...of 2011!!! You would swear we knew each other forever...but have only known each other not even a year and have shared so much. Sometimes, I am at a loss for words for all that I have experienced...and it all started via the social network. Humbled, indeed!
Now, not all of my experiences have been super duper grand on here. My goal is to make my social networking LIMITLESS. That means, my interaction with whom I choose to be friends with on FB does not stop at the computer or whatever device I am using. If I can have a conversation with you via the internet, wanting to see the world change for the better and being that change, we have to network in our physical world as well as our virtual world, don't you think?! I have had people inform me that they choose to keep their virtual world separate from their physical world yet expect change?! To me, I feel that limits all parties involved. How do we fully expand our experiences and learn from each other with a few posts, pictures, comments and refuse to apply that in our present moments?
We are human beings that thrive on interaction with each other...that is apparent in this virtual world. How often do we experience that physically with whom we call our family...our friends? Why wouldn't we extend that to our friends via the internet? Someone who is expressing hurt or gratitude in a post, that may just need a hug physically and doesn't have access to such...what if we happen to be in their city to give them that?
If you are good enough to be my friend through this keyboard I type on, you are good enough to be in my presence physically. Some may have a fear based on experiences we read or hear about...people not being who they say they are on the internet. We are coming into a world where facades and veils are becoming more and more transparent and if we pay attention to what we are shown, we realize the fraudulence that may be presented to us by some. I've taken someone rejecting meeting me in person as showing me that what they say online is not an honest representation of themselves...it's a veil...a facade...just for show. Look, if we want to see the change we must BE the change we wish to see in this world. And to fully be able to do that, we have to interact with each other. WE are ALL connected in this world...to each other, to this planet...pure energy! Social networking to some is a blessing as well as a curse...it depends on how you perceive and/or treat it. I have connected and reconnected with many people here. New relationships have been established, old relationships rekindled...and some of the new and old have connected through me...and I love it!!! It reminds me that this planet is my home...not one city or area of the world...but wherever I land my feet. My feet are in Jersey...getting ready to greet my "nephew" and embrace my "sister" and "nephew" that are already here...that I never knew before Facebook...and through whom I knew before Facebook...if that doesn't remind you how connected all of us are, I don't know what else to say!
It's time for us to wake up, let go of the fear and connect to one another...build our communities...know our neighbors...have a block party...plan a group trip to a destination...LOVE each other...embrace our differences, learn and grow WITH one another...not just in our own little bubble! How far will you allow your social networking to grow?
I'm looking forward to seeing YOU when I happen to be in YOUR city! Who's in Jersey???...Next stop D.C area..where ya at??? Who knows where I'll be next...:-) Wake up, let it go, LOVE and let it be...have a beautiful day everyONE! I love YOU!