Are you there? Can anyone hear me? True story! Those were the cries of my heart just a month or so ago. 2 social media groups and very little community happening....It's funny I would say to myself over and over, "you can't build community on that LIKE button"...You just can't! I firmly believe a leader is the only ONE who should use a LIKE button in a large group...It shows endorsement from leadership... But members should comment. Members should not just TAKE from community but MAKE community by participating.
Every one hits the "LIKE"' button. But very few will stop and take a moment to say, "wow that really touched me!" "Your words make a difference in my life"
Do that for each other!
Listen! I pour words OUT without fear and with abandon, but I'm pretty much the exception to the rule...But when you stop and comment on your fellow member's post or comments I can PROMISE YOU that you just made their day and THAT makes community! Or there is no power in community...There really isn't much power in "LIKE"....it's just where we've allowed ourselves to drift.
Let's make Social Media PERSONAL again! Let's make community COUNT!
Personally when I know someone is really listening and wants conversation, I will share more of the real me. My real heart and soul. If nobody comments I sense NOBODY CARES. It really really impacted me last month. One morning, while hitting the snooze button I literally said to myself, "I don't have anyone to get up for"... I felt it and was afraid it might be true. I went back to sleep at 7am... I cried all day long, and I felt a despair. After such a season of seeking to build community in my two groups..My heart and spirit were crushed. I thought all the hard work had fallen on empty space.
Don't worry, that was then! This is now! I'm good. I worked through that dark place. But that place was very real for me. Now, I'm simply going to find a way to see community come forth. I'm going to encourage you to share your life with each other so you are there for each other and SO YOU TAP INTO YOUR OWN BRILLIANCE!!!
Don't get me started on BRILLIANCE!!!
Because WHEN your words touch another's life and they share it with you? YOU GLOW with a 1,000watts of BRILLIANCE! When you share "Quess what I just did??? Who is this person, I just..." We all need places we can come and brag all over again...Community of like-minded folks who know the pain and struggle and rewards of this way of eating...we are the ones who will GET IT! We'll SHINE right along with you.