I'm not sure how people think I plan these letters out. Sometimes I'm so organized with them, I have parts A, B, C, and D ready to go. Other times I can't sleep because I feel the need to get my thoughts to paper. I guess the weight of the conviction determines the process. Today I woke up at 5:30am and had to start writing. Social media has become an immeasurable power in our society today. The power of persuasion to the powerless, the power to influence from the ordinary. Quite possibly the most frightening, it provides everybody that has a login and password, the ability to act as a newscaster to others.
As a result of this, you've surely noticed that simply opening your social media can be draining. The Left Wing bashing on the Right Wing, the Right Wing bashing on the Left Wing. Soon, you have no idea who's telling the truth and in an attempt to educate yourself, you're pulled into researching articles, twenty minutes later when you come up for air, you're exhausted and saddened.
I wanted to write this as a word of encouragement. Addressing one thing you have absolute control over. Five years from now, when you and your acquaintances are referencing the Epidemic of 2020 (in five years I'm sure a much more trendy name will have stuck) nobody will look at you and say "When you sent me that article it absolutely changed the times for me." Because again, you will have fallen into the trap of being one of 100 that sent and shared article after article with them. What MIGHT they say to you? Maybe they can say that out of the thousands of memes and news stories and statistics, you were one of the few people that reached out every single week with two questions: "How are you doing? Is there anything I can do to help you?" Please don't confuse this with a general post on your feed "offering assistance" to those that need it; because we all know that the person that truly needs to hear that, the person that legitimately needs help, likely won't comment. I mean personally calling or texting somebody, and asking those two questions, "How are you doing? How can I help?"
You are living in that moment as we speak, we all are. You have the opportunity to avoid the trap of statistics trading and social media bashing, you have the chance to be that lifeboat to people in your life. You can be the one person in any given week that cuts through the noise, and speaks to someone directly and offers them a breather. You can be that person that reminds somebody that they don't need to cross-reference every single story, you can be that person that during their flustered researching amongst turbulent waves, floats right up next to them and says in a calming voice, "Hey are you doing ok? Do you need me to shop for you? Do you need me to go on a grocery run for you?...Is there anything I can do to help?"
"At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
Have a great week and stay safe,