This month one of the topics we’ll be talking about is strength. There’s been a lot of talk and news about social media lately, and a lot of it has been negative. I’m a supporter of social media, I feel it does more good than harm, that more families and friends have been brought together through it than hurt has been done. Of course I don’t make a point of interacting with or checking out the negative stuff, but just like the nightly news I know that there are things on there that I would rather not see, and should not be done to others. If anything I think social media has helped raise awareness and forced the assitance timeline on dealing with issues like hate, violence and bullying because it’s harder to hide them and a lot easier to talk with someone about what’s going on.
Social media has allowed us to have those special family moments even though many of us are on opposite sides of the country or somewhere in between. Even though it’s not astronomically expensive or difficult to travel anymore, we still have lots going on in our lives so we don’t make those trips as often as we could. But through social media we’re able to develop close relationships with extended family and share the special moments and adventures of our lives with them.
Social media does allow us to connect without having to go anywhere, but I think it’s important to spend time physically with others too. Summer is a great time to do so, because towns and cities across the US have special events like food truck nights, town wide garage sales, fireworks and concerts. For those of us who live in the center of town or near the locations that frequently host events it can be a bit of an inconvenience, but seeing the joy, excitement, happiness and connection of the people that attend is usually worth the temporary inconvenience.
I believe that by taking the time to interact in positive ways with others, as well as come together in times of tragedy we’re able to build not only stronger relationships but a stronger, healthier, happier country. Make time for your community this summer.
“We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.” Desmond Tutu