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It is a known fact that if you isolate a mentally healthy human being in a confined area for an extended period of time, they will go insane.

What that means is that we are a social species. We crave human interaction and and we thrive in a healthy community filled with meaningful relationships.

It’s one of the main reasons why Facebook is so overwhelmingly popular.  We have a need to share our lives with one another. It’s in our DNA to be SOCIAL.  It’s how we are wired, even for the most introverted type of human.

So, I want to take some time to say thank you to Facebook for giving me the platform to socialize and reconnect with long lost friends, especially since a friend of mine from my young adult years passed recently.

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Dear Facebook:

A friend I once shared many group experiences died a few days ago after a long battle with cancer. I hadn’t  seen JB in over 20 years. I learned of  his illness through his siblings and mutual friends on Facebook.

I imagine if you, a social networking site, were not accessible, I would not have heard of his sickness because I don’t live in my hometown anymore and unfortunately I only visit about once or twice a year.

JB and I soon lost contact with each other after I moved from Austin.  I was in my early twenties at the time.  He married a beautiful woman and they moved to Arizona due to a job transfer.

We saw each other for the last time one day while I had a short layover in Arizona. JB and his lovely bride met me at the airport and spent a few hours visiting with me.

The two of them always made everyone feel special.

When someone from my hometown dies, I am always reminded of my brother’s death.  He was killed by a drunk driver ( a single mom with 3 kids) in 1980.

There was no Facebook back then, but the local community came together and showered overwhelming love and support on my family.

A few years after my brother died, JB’s mother died of breast cancer.  Again, the entire local community bonded together.

Their death taught me that life is short…very, very short. So, make it matter. Be intentional. Cultivate meaningful relationships, whether it be business or personal.

Build relationships based on love because at the end of life here on planet Earth, all that matters is if you LOVED…Love for one another, love for ourselves, love for all living species, and love for our world.

I often say that the life you live is the legacy you will leave behind.

JB left a beautiful legacy of qualities that every human would want to aspire:

  • non-judging
  • easy-going
  • positive and upbeat
  • kind
  • thoughtful
  • casual elegance
  • beautiful smile
  • accepting
  • humility

So Facebook, thank you for being the catalyst that has allowed me to re-engage with so many friends I had lost touch with.

A loved one’s death has a way of  bringing a community together to reflect not only on that person’s life, but our own as well.

You have changed the world by reminding us of our of own humanity.

You are capturing moments of our lives for all to see with every post, every link, every video, and every comment.

You allow us to experience each other’s lives by helping us stay connected.

We can share in each other’s joys and accomplishments, as well as grieve and console one another.

Most importantly, because of you, we are able to witness the legacy that everyone is leaving behind.

Thank you,

Brenda

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