Social Media Changed Everything
Facebook has made everyone friends but are they really? What does being someone’s friend really means to you?
My mother did not have many friends and, for very different reasons, I am along that same path. With the advent of social media and the loose understanding of the word, many have given second thought to the meaning of friendship.
Since this relationship status changed on Facebook, I have revisited how I use it.
Who Are Your Friends?
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” Elbert Hubbard
Friend is used for my contacts on social media. Even my daughter is included in that. Those who have a deeper relationship with me, the overwhelming majority being women, are my Sistah-Friends. Elbert Hubbard said it well. These women know the ins and outs of my life, the ‘good’ and the horrible. They know that I am not angel although there are angelic moments. My Sistah-Friends know my fears and how many tears I have shed.
Yet, they still love me.
Henri J.M. Nouwen is one of my favourite Teachers, he has led me out of many moments of despair, reminding me what truly matters. It is from him that I learned my cherished term for my “friends” – wounded healer. It is with his words that captions today’s picture in our series “A Picture Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words.”
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
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