Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Angels with skin

Social media in general and Facebook specifically are often looked down upon as venues that fragment and disconnect people, or take the place of true intimacy. But I have rarely felt as unalone (is that a word?) as I did with reading heartfelt comments from you all: high school friends, former neighbors, fitness friends. Thank you!

This morning I was particularly thankful to three angels with skin: my husband, and my girlfriends Donna and Laudon. I run with my friends on Wednesdays. We do everything we can to protect Wednesday at 8:00 for being together. It's wonderful. But after the day with my parents, and 3 hours at the orthopedic surgeon's office (with Austin) and just life, I felt like I couldn't run. So I texted my friends saying I wasn't coming. My husband who loves me enough to risk my anger, texted them to say I WOULD be showing up, and made it clear that I needed to go. Then I got a text from my girlfriends saying "Not leaving till you get here, or we will show up there. Pick your poison."

So I ran. And it's better. Not resolved. But better.

In an abrupt subject change, if you're looking for a tool to help with meditation or conscious breathing or just slowing down in general, Do As One is a wonderful site. I spent 10 minutes in the Full Spectrum Breathing Room after running. It was good.


Colette said...

That is just beautiful!!
You are so loved my friend, and what happened this morning with your hubby and friends, shows you that. Have a sunny and happy day :)

Brit-Man said...

The fact is people who talk about social connection sites, don't understand.

They represent whatever the individual wants them to and some people will have preffered places to go, but to me it will always be a good thing.

The only downsides are sometimes people give to much public information away, like phone numbers or complete addresses, which is risky, or kids talk to other kids when the person is actually a grown up.

Though most if not all innovations or advancements in society have had downsides, even things like fire and the wheel. Arson, housefires, chemical explosions, hit and runs, ram raiding, cycling accidents etc, so that's the chance you take, but such sites can be safe with common sense and a bit of good education for the ignorant or young.

Plus the world then gets to have people like you in their lives. If that's not a good endorsement for social connection media, I don't know what is.

Take care and best wishes.

:-) :-).


Stacey (aka Ultraprincess) said...

Running always seems to make things better.... even if just a little!