Over the past three years I have felt and seen the power of bloggers united in their support for one another. I have seen tremendous acts of courage and kindness. I have read joyful and heartbreaking moments that so many people from around the world have shared. And I have witnessed an outpouring of hope and support to so many... All through blogs.
It continues to surprise me how much the Internet has changed our lives in really a very short amount of time. I can still remember, not all that long ago, when clients debated adding their email address to business cards because they thought it would never take the place of voicemail. Now, I marvel at receiving text messages and photos via cellphone from my niece during the delivery of her baby girl nearly two years ago.
And Facebook-- I've been on it, and off it, and on it again with only my immediate family having access. It still feels like it's "too much information" for me, and mostly a waste of time. My main reason for turning it back on was to reach the younger generation in my family and to share photos.
My brother is a big Internet and Facebook fan-- His numerous friends and loved ones check in from time to time to commiserate over professional Cleveland sports teams. But it was his post today that took my breath away and shined a light on the tremendous power of the Internet. He wrote...
Friday morning I will be having surgery to take care of what's been controlling my life the last 15 months. This will cure me and hopefully in 3 months I will have another surgery to make this all a distant memory. We are very lucky to have The Cleveland Clinic 45 minutes away. They are #1 in the world for what's been ailing me. Thank you all in advance for the prayers. I will heal faster because of them.
His list of comments was a mile long! I cried reading them... and smiled at all the old familiar childhood friends that had reached out to him. It's changed my mind about Facebook too.
So now, dear blog friends, I'm reaching out to you. Please say a prayer for my brother, Jim. He's a really good guy and although I'm confident the surgery will go well, I know, as he said, that he will feel your prayers and support.
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