There are days when the internet makes me twitchy. I log on to Facebook to be met head on with a barrage of negativity. This candidate is a hate monger. That candidate is a criminal. I see “friends” tearing one another apart with snide comments, all because they sit on different sides of the political fence. I read post after post disparaging this group or that, this thing or that. Cops suck, the weather sucks, the traffic sucks, this restaurant sucks, work sucks…everything just sucks.
I “unfollow” a few political pages (I could have sworn I had removed them all). I hit the “hide post” option multiple times as I scroll through my newsfeed. I am almost thankful to come across a few cute cat memes. I “like” a picture of an idyllic beach in Aruba.
I scroll a bit further, sigh a discouraged sigh, and prepare to log off. But wait, what’s this? Could it be? An uplifting post? Yes! I click happily on a story about a former classmate’s 11-year-old son reporting on the NCAA Tournament for Sports Illustrated Kids. I read with delight about one of the coaches taking the time to applaud this young man for his thoughtful question. (You can view more about this here.)
Feeling hopeful, I read some other posts. Oh look, a friend received good news on a medical issue. Another friend just finished her first half marathon. Yet another is celebrating buying a new home. Yay! Here it is! The good stuff!
Now it comes back to me, and I remember why I still log on to Facebook every day. I do it not to learn the political leanings of friends and family. I do it so that I can hear the news of their lives. I continue to scroll and read in order to tie the past in with the present. I put up with the negative aspects to reap the benefits of the positive ones.
I return again and again because of the connections. We can cross the miles, cross the years, and cross the distance to come together as if we had never been apart. We can share in each others’ victories and console one another during trying times. We can use words to convey emotions from afar, as sure as the touch of a comforting hand on a shoulder.
Yes, it is the connections that I crave and that I seek. It is the connections that lead me back to this blog after a writing sabbatical. It is the connections that sustain our souls the way that food sustains our bodies. It is the connections that bond us together as humans, in friendship and in love.
Thank you for being one of my connections. Cheers! Karen
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