People on social media can be cruel. But they can also be generous and inspirational. They can start a generosity revolution. Such was the case with a group of women I don’t know in person but do know on Facebook through their politics –and also, through their kind hearts.
Not the first time I’ve seen a generosity revolution online, either.
I found this group of younger-than-I women on Facebook after the election. Just casual, online acquaintances bonded over our political horror and dismay. What did we have in common? Only that, really. But when like minds connect, magic happens. It did the other day when one friend talked about a not-Starbucks-barista with a happy countenance, a kind word for everyone and a beautiful smile.
But that coffee customer, my FB friend, whom we’ll call “F,” decided to talk with the barista one morning and found that she was a mother of two who had been homeless. Once the young mom got into an apartment, she discovered it was infested with bedbugs. Not wanting to risk bringing critters with them, she left everything behind when she moved yet again. She and her daughters lost everything…and yet there she was, smiling, working, doing the best she could. Knocked down and got herself back up. Again.
So F posted about her and wondered if anyone could donate some kitchen stuff. This was around 9am.
This tribe of generous women and some men swung into action. By 5pm an Amazon list had been put up and shortly thereafter, this young mother found herself with a fully equipped kitchen, bedding for all, and for God’s sake a DINING ROOM TABLE AND CHAIRS! And many other things. Gift cards were on their way, too.
I know a whole bunch of folk who talk a lot of smack. But these women and men? This tribe? They step up. They do that EVERY time. I am just thrilled to count myself among them. Sure, we talk smack and especially political smack. We’re all on the same side, of course. But that’s not all we do. When it counts? Everyone does their part.
And then, of course, there are NO coincidences. Next day, in my email, I found this, from the Daily OM:
Connecting through generosity
We are more apt to encounter people vastly different from ourselves when we make a habit of working closely with people in need from all walks of life. Many people, tempted by the siren song of familiarity, never look beyond their own limited experiences when seeking out opportunities to give the gift of charitable service. When we immerse ourselves in the unfamiliar, however, we discover that we connect on an emotional level with many wonderful people whose lives are markedly different from our own. These encounters add a richness to our lives that is unlike anything we might have otherwise experienced if we had limited ourselves to philanthropic prospects related to our own economic or cultural sphere. Your benevolence will transcend borders today when you connect with others by giving them all the support and assistance you are capable of providing.
And then, the next day I got this:
There is a great universal good now unfolding, and everyone is part of it. Changes in life are precious opportunities to know that Spirit has greater things in store for us. —Ellen Grace O’Brian
A madman is in the Oval. More people than ever are in need. When government fails, as we’ve seen it do repeatedly this year, good people step up.
I loved seeing this happen organically. I loved being part of it. I only hope you find the same kind of inspiration in tribes you belong to.
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