18 March 2020
Slow Down ~ Greet Instead of Delete
Greetings Dear Reader,
Whilst we are in our homes, it is necessary to stay in touch with people. We have the advantage over every previous global plague in that we have social media to support us in our social distance. I have seen something a couple of times that I wish to ponder in a positive way.
It seems, in a time when people are experiencing forced isolation, one of the choices they make is to edit their “friends list”. Sometimes they put out a post to see who responds and delete those who do not. It always seems to me that this puts a narrow, heavy condition on friendships.
If we expect others to respond to us, we must know all of their circumstances. We must understand everything about their lives and how they use their social media. Without this knowledge, our conditions are unjust. We have discussed often that any expectations make love conditional and can kill it. It is the same for friendships.
I have been unfriended by people who are angry with me and by those who did not hear from me as often as they wished. I think I want to propose something that could be healthier for everyone. Instead of going on a public purge, quietly reach out to people with whom you have not connected in some time.
Post something positive on their wall. Send an instant message that is encouraging. Tag someone in a post that will be uplifting. Give someone a surprise that is positive and kind. These acts of love and kindness that encourage can be an oasis in the sea of fear and negativity.
We are seeing humans controlled by fear and panic. We can provide a little light in this gloom. Our positive interactions can give others a place to stand. Our faith can help others have hope. As we move more slowly through this time, let us consider investing in those we know who may need the encouragement. Perhaps we can give enough light so that others can find their way.
I spent some time yesterday evening looking over my friends' list. I invested in praying for my friends and sending some of them encouraging notes. I will use the fortnight of solitude to send them notes of encouragement and kindness. It is a simple thing but it may help. How about you Dear Reader; care to take up the challenge?
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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