As some of you know my week has been the proverbial roller coaster ride. On Monday I got some unwanted, though not life-threatening medical news. Then on Tuesday my doctor told me that my bloodwork suggested early leukemia and that further tests were needed.
Fortunately, those test results took about 24 hours and they were negative. I do not have leukemia. We have yet to determine why my blood counts are off, but it is likely a function of dysautonomia. And this is much better news than leukemia.
For that 24 hours I was imagining all the ways in which my life would change if the tests came back positive. I found it hard to focus on the necessary things. I searched for things to do to keep busy while I waited. And then came the rejoicing.
At times like these I am reminded of how important community is. Living Table has a strong sense of community and commitment to care for one another, and I am grateful for that. In this instance, though, the means of connecting to community for me was social media. Had I been waiting over the weekend, Living Table would have been it.
Facebook proved its worth as my friends -those I have met in person and those I have not- offered their supportive words. Knowing hundreds of people were holding me in prayer or sending positive energy or whatever their practice is, made a difference in getting through the waiting time.
Today the gratitude and rejoicing are still coming in. I have a tendency to forget how many people I am connected with, people who genuinely care. It is too easy to say that social media is primarily frivolous and unhealthy. Then we would miss the moments when it serves as true community.
Where did you experience community this week?
Was it when Living Table gathered? Was it with family or friends who got together for an activity? Was it social media? Where was it for you, and how many different communties are you a part of?
I had a reminder this week that I am far from alone as I go through the ups and downs of life. I hope you have this experience as well (the reminders of being connected with others, not the stress of waiting for medical tests). I am also grateful that Living Table is one of my communities. This week I am particularly grateful for social media.
We need one another. How are you connecting with community? Who or what fills you with gratitude? Please share your responses so that we can continue to grow in love and gratitude with one another.
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