What I’m noticing about social media now as we navigate through this pandemic, is the formation of one unified, loving community. Regardless of the particular social media platform, lately, people are kinder with their words; everyone is trying to encourage and uplift one another during this crisis. And there’s been an overflow of generosity. Dancer and actress Debbie Allen got the gift of generosity kicked off by offering a free dance class on-line and ever since then, the floodgates of generous (and FREE) offerings has opened! Both celebrities and everyday ordinary people are offering free classes on-line from yoga to money management. Another observation I’m making is how people are using humor on social media as a means for coping. It is true that laughter is good medicine for the soul; laughter can take the edge off of anxiety and stress. And humor has gotten us through many a tough time. There is an endless plethora of COVID-19 GIFS and memes floating around the internet that have provided a much-needed-gut-busting laugh for me and I’m sure for you too!
The point of all of this is to simply say that this is a remarkable time in history that we’ll soon not forget. And while it’s easy to get caught up in the travesty of it all and how we are impacted, let us not forget that the strength of our character is determined by how we cope as a community, a village, a nation, a world. Say what you will about the negative influences of social media, but I say, social media is one of the most powerful tools we possess to stay sane and connected as one cohesive village for such a time as this.