The Beauty of Social Media

Social media gets a bad rap. Today our newsfeeds are filled with so much hate, so much fighting, and so little love...and sometimes, they are filled with pain.

Earlier this week we learned of the passing of one of our classmates from Syracuse. Most of us learned about it through a Facebook message. That was someone our age. Someone who leaves behind a young family. Someone, who 21 years ago, walked through the Carrier Dome with us as we celebrated our graduation- now gone. It was a gut punch for a lot of us.

For some of us it's only been through the graces of social media that we have been able to stay in touch. We like each other's pictures. Comment on special occassions. Support fundraisers from time-to-time. But as my friend Wayne posted on his Facebook page earlier this week "we can do better." So tonight, we did. We came together from all over the country via Zoom. We laughed, we cried, we learned ALOT about each other all over again.

The irony isn't lost on the fact that those of us who were trained to tell stories about other people don't always have the easiest time putting our own feelings into words. Tonght, our small group had no trouble talking. And as one of our former professors, who also joined us via Zoom, told us - it's never too late to pick up where we left off - and that's just what we did.

Tonight, we saw the beauty in friendships, life, and how social media brought us all back together again.

We started to do better tonight. We vowed to continue to do better. Tonight, I saw the true beauty of social media.

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