I still have a few friends (and a sister) who still haven’t taken the Facebook plunge yet and the good thing is that they are finally noticing that it’s now only a matter of time before they join the rest of us.
I have always giving them examples of how useful Facebook can be for so many different reasons ranging from staying in touch, to keeping tabs on the different people in your life, to planning events. The best part is, you don’t even have to post anything and you’ll do just fine being a passive user. It’s quickly becoming a standard form of communication and some say that it (or similar services) will overtake email just as email has overtaken phone conversations.
The unique thing about Facebook compared to other forms of communication is that at times it allows us a unique glimpse into our friends’ lives. Recently I read a post of a heroic act that one of my friends performed that most likely resulted in saving another person’s life and prevented a series of even more negative events that would have spiraled out of control.
The story reminded myself, and I’m betting many others, that it is up to each one of us to step up to the plate when something just isn’t right. Many people will look the other way or think that it’s someone else’s responsibility, when in reality we are the ones that can make the difference if we just make the effort to try.
One of the most powerful ways to learn is by example and when the example comes from someone that you know and admire, it will stick in the back of your mind until your challenged in the same situation and that little light bulb will turn on and you’ll recall the story and be swayed to do the right thing.
I’m truly proud of my friend for what he did and I know that it’s always going to stick in the back of my mind and remind me that it’s up to each one of us to look out for each other. I’m glad that he took a chance and shared his personal story and I hope others do the same….