People & Culture
Culture is about who we are, where we are and how we act or react based on established norms and customs. Social media has an evolving culture which fascinates, and scares with its rapid changes and developing code of conduct.
Today I read a story and it made me wonder about people and friendship, relationships and what we will do for each other and strangers. On the internet we are strangers until we bond over words and their value to our lives. I have made many virtual friendships which matter in my life over this last year. Some may eventually become physical life friendships and others may remain strong virtual bonds because travel may not permit its evolution.
We form relationships over time. Giving sharing and caring is easy when it does not cross emotional contributions. Money, caring and love do not seem to work together. Our jaded society allows us to engage with the facade of love so we can feel good. We can ooh and ahh and share anger and hurt with words yet we have a greater capacity to be a part of solutions. We are leaders, creative followers and energy makers – together this country called social media is run by our daily actions.
Who are we when we are well and everything is okay in our world? Who do we become when we fail to be the perfect example of health, wellness and successful earners?
I have had the privilege of being a visitor to the dimensions of life changes. Yes, it is quite a challenge to face the reality that wealth breeds wealth, beauty breeds beauty and health breeds health. Maybe in the same vein we expect races religions and people to find equality and synergy, so too status and social standing should correlate. Ah, this utopia may only exist in my minds eyes and heart. I will believe it anyway.
The Yin & Yang of Culture
Maybe it is the culture of the world’s DNA – do not acknowledge differences, do not acknowledge change, do not acknowledge love. Do not acknowledge people, do not acknowledge .Turn and look away. Make yourself immune to life around you and you may find you miss out on all you could do for another life. John White, a virtual friend of mine, shared a post on his challenges and his motivation a few weeks ago, and I was inspired by his resilience. Another virtual friend Laura Mikolaitis collaborated with me and we ended up crossing that virtual divide through conversation. I’m always tapping into my virtual relationships and I have found great synergy and understanding from a broad cross section of people and places. This week, I’ve found a wonderful woman through her illustrations and husband Dean Owen and I’ve written stories she likes, without communicating a word directly. Maybe the other meaning of DNA – doing nothing alone is the alter culture ego. A positive yin and yang experience.
Making a difference one step at a time
Let me bring it closer to home in an example I saw today… this morning. Gary Sharpe and Deb Helfrich need your help. What will you receive in return for helping them – nothing tangible that I or anyone can offer. You will receive something from you to you though … good karma and that warm fuzzy feeling of helping someone! I have sat and observed their strategy and they have done what they can do on their own. They need numbers… and some help to keep their hope alive. The business acumen and skills of note by those of us connected virtually only matter on social media when they can be harnessed and realized. Maybe their appeal to their target market did not catch the understanding of many. Parkinson’s disease meant nothing to me, until I saw and read the journey of Gary and Deb.I now know how it changes lives and its impact.
Kindly click on the link and it will take you to their gofundme page the rest is up to you. Then if you are moved to influence a few of your closest associates to be involved, please share. Finally,if you can offer some advice on how their dream can be realized…let’s share.
Wealth revolves around capacity to do something different sometimes, influencing others. This is me, my culture and DNA… do not avoid. Live.
Thank you for your indulgence and engagement. I’m passionate about life and people, and hope to make a positive difference for those around me. My appreciation for your support.