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Community and Connection

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ok, I’ll admit it. For a long, long time when social media was in it’s infancy I was very hesitant to use it. Why? I was scared. I made me feel so vulnerable.  After all, I’d tell myself, you never know who is lurking around the corner.

A few weeks ago I put a call out on a fairly new social media platform for some items I was looking for. I made it very clear I was looking for donations because what I needed was going to be used not just for my own benefit, but also for the benefit of others. I hit pay dirt. The response was immediate and overwhelming! And what was lurking around the corner were some awfully good-hearted people.

A few generous spirits even took the extra time and effort to drop the items off to me. And Eureka! Through this outreach, I made a connection with a person in this new community who was more than just generous in spirit. In chatting with her I found out she’s also a blogger who is working towards publishing an interesting memoir. Talk about common interests.

Through experience I’ve learned what a useful tool social media is when used as a positive connector.

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