A guest post from Sue.
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It’s all in your attitude.
Today we live in a very fast-paced world, not only in our literal world but also in our technological world. You may wake up with a handful of friends, but go to bed with a new set of virtual friends, friends that are good people – or should I say tweeples.
Okay, what about stranger danger? It’s called using your intuition, your gut feeling, and then your technology! I love the Internet! Seriously, you would think me, someone that has been both a victim of Internet defamation and invasion of privacy, as well as someone that has been stalked online would be a person that believe that cyberspace is my enemy. It’s not. We need to embrace the world-wide-web, make it your friend, it is full so many wonderful people, places and things for us – you need to keep that positive frame of mind! It’s all in your attitude.
I have meet so many wonderful people online, and they are real people. How do I know? I have talked to many, meet some in real life, and seen some on television — not to mention due diligence of online research.
Twitter is one of the places I have meet the most interesting people. They are, for the most part, smart, fun, engaging, and you can learn so much from everyone!
The day I met @SpontaneSmiley was an odd day (that’s Ruth, the Smiley Lady’s Twitter handle). I’d just arrived home from a very difficult time. I went online. You see sometimes virtual life can be an escape from reality — especially when there are troubling times that are out of our control.
I happen to click on @SpontanceSmiley’s bio and read about how we can find a “smile” in everything we do and find “smiles in everyday life!” The optimism was so loud and so vibrant, I nearly forgot that my sister’s and I are facing the fact that our mother’s dementia means we will never again have the mother we once knew.
Okay, so I just opened up and shared a private part of my life, which is not like me. However through optimism you can get through hard times when others are supporting you – even if the hugs are virtual hugs. I slowly started sharing what I have been going through this summer, dementia is a cruel and ugly disease. We never experienced it in our family, until now. So sharing with my online community brought comfort from others who knew more.
The support I found in cyberspace has been overwhelming! I am not alone — and though this is probably one of the worst times someone can go through, I can truly say finding all this support online is also one of the best.
It is all in your attitude.
Thank you for allowing me to share how having a positive outlook can make a difference even in the darkest of times.
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