As I grow older, one of the great joys in my life is this: To see friends I’ve known for years blossoming into purpose-driven adults whose lives inspire all around them. And social media has been a big helper in that.
Through social media, I’ve witnessed the love of mothers and fathers – once my classmates – so obviously devoted to children and spouses. I’ve seen the joy in the eyes of their children as they discover a holiday surprise carefully prepared by loving parents. I’ve read the happy thoughts of friends as they watched their kids experience their first petting zoo, pony ride, or day of Kindergarten. To me, it’s a beautiful thing.
Thanks to Facebook and blogs I’ve been able to read the poetry and musings of friends who wholeheartedly believe in the goodness of people and the possibilities that exist in the world. I see them discovering themselves in deep and reflective ways. I hear the message in their words, “Know yourself, love yourself.” It inspires me and uplifts me.
I see another group of friends dedicated to local, national and global issues regarding government and the environment. I see their passion for equality, their desire for social and economic justice, and their concern for the well-being of the ecosystem that we as humans inhabit. They lead me to ponder my own impact on society and on the Earth. They educate me and open my mind to new information and understanding. They help me not only to learn, but to grow.
All these things are simple things; sometimes they’re no more than a thought, an image, a hashtag. But these simple things mean the world.