How many of you have a 'facebook' page? I decided to get one a few years back when my kids were younger and I wanted the ability to monitor their online activities and watch for potential predators. Within a few hours of developing my 'page,' I had many 'friend requests' and was so surprised that people were seeking me out! I soon realized that facebook was a cyber black hole and was sucking me in deeper and deeper. I found myself spending hours online catching up with old friends and watching the news feeds to see what everyone is doing. I also noticed my kids were 'collecting' friends and all of the teenagers were having an unspoken competition to see who had more friends. I watched my own friend numbers grow and was allowing anyone to 'friend me'--even if I had seen or spoken to them in 30 years! I think the most bizarre friend request came from a friend of my older brother's who remembered me in junior high school - strange, huh? It didn't take me long to realize facebook was eating valuable time and also I was uncomfortable with sharing my hour by hour activities during the day. I was allowing people to violate my own privacy! After I stepped away from this narcissistic practice for a while, I found I missed some of the people I had been reacquainted with and decide to continue--in moderation!
So what does my ARK have to do with facebook? I decided to use this vehicle today to reach out to a person who I was acquaintances with in high school and now am friends with on facebook. You see, I have dozens and dozens of high school people on my friend's list, but I actually didn't know them well in high school and after thirty years, can't even imagine what we would have in common now. I thought that was a sad fact. I shouldn't have been so self-absorbed and shallow in high school--I should have taken the time to really get to know people and I should have stayed in touch with those I cared for. Today, I decided to pick an obscure friend and post a comment to them remembering something significant and nice about them from school. I thought it would be difficult, but when I got out my high school yearbook and looked at the pictures and things people had written to me, a lot of very happy memories came flooding in. It was a nice trip down memory lane, and the person I wrote to on facebook seemed genuinely pleased that I had remembered these nice things about her. I hope I made her feel good--I know it made me feel good and wish I had paid more attention to her thirty years ago!
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~ Mother Teresa
I am a wife, mother, artist, and lover of all things random, A recent empty-nester, I find myself a bit lost as to where I belong. I plan to wander the globe, further my education and explore new interests in the hope of finding purpose in my life.