Fear not Facebook

Ike - fear not FacebookWhy is there a photo of my golden retriever in a post about Facebook?

Well, once again Ike serves as my inspiration. Sad to say, on April 14th, Ike passed on into the spirit world. As many of you know, who have read about Ike here, he was a treasured gift in my life.

So what does he have to do with Facebook? No, Ike did not have his own Facebook page, but when I posted a status update about Ike’s passing I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of loved I received. After reading so many touching messages that filled my heart with love, I was grateful for Facebook.

I thought of the many people I’ve come across who fear Facebook. Who say they don’t want anything to do with it because of their concerns about privacy. And, I must say, there are times I’m not so sure those Private Messages on FB are quite private so I still resort to other forms of communication when I have something I don’t want others to read on this (or any other) social network.

However, I now say “fear not Facebook,” because those messages I received came at a time of deep grief and though I shed many tears I also found so much comfort and felt so much love from people around the country. Some know me & knew Ike personally. . . some know me and never had the pleasure of meeting Ike . . . some only know me online, but have never met either Ike or me in person. Yet, the one thing in common among each message was the sincere compassion and heartfelt thoughts everyone sent my way.

You don’t have to wait to lose a loved one to discover the positive power of Facebook. I also find it uplifting at birthdays when friends and colleagues send their wishes for a joyful birthday celebration. If you’ve feared the social network, give it a second thought. You may still decide against it or you may discover the beauty of networking with others near and far (and how good it can make you feel).

A big thank you to all of you who showered me with love these last few days. Your messages are still coming in and again, I am SO grateful for each and every one I receive!

Whether it’s about a beloved pet or person, do you have a beautiful Facebook story you’d like share? Please post it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.