Social media can make interactions feel superficial, but sometimes a simple “like” or comment on Facebook or Instagram can mean more. I find that there is so much behind my interactions that isn’t revealed. So, when I like your status or type a quick comment, this is what I mean.
Dear Friend, I saw that you were happy. I saw that beautiful engagement ring on your finger and your brightest smile. I saw you in a sharp tux beaming as you held the hand of the person you pledged to spend your life with. I saw your announcement that your family was growing. I saw you as you were smiling with your kids surrounded by pumpkins. Your family looks so complete and your heart so full. When I comment “your family is so beautiful,” I meant not only do I think you’re all very good looking but that I hope that your heart is really as full as it looks and that life is treating you very well.
Dear Friend, I saw that you were anxious. Your status was vague and you asked for thoughts and prayers. When I offered my best wishes, I saw you and your need and wanted to offer all of my good thoughts and hope that you experience peace during your period of uncertainty.
Dear Friend, I saw that you were successful. You are kill.ing.it. Not only are you chasing your dreams, you are living them. When I “liked” your new business announcement, I was bursting with pride. I saw that you were taking the stage and you were in lights. I knew you were born for big things and here you are! I am proud to know you and am so excited for you.
Dear Friend, I saw that you were hurting. Your health isn’t what you expected. You’re experiencing trials that I hoped you’d never experience. When I said that you were brave, I meant it. I saw that you lost someone that you loved. That there is now a hole in your heart and a missing piece of your world. I care for you and wish away your pain.
Dear Friend, thank you for sharing your ups and your downs. It’s been years, but you still have a fan in me.