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In which I plead for a little positivity

Brenda St John Brown

Wow, the world has been hard lately. So much fear. And hatred. And more fear.

I'm fearful. No doubt about it. I've been been lucky enough to visit Paris often and last week's attacks have left me wondering when and where, not if, the first incident in the UK will happen. I'm scanning the news in a way I haven't since post 9/11, but with one key difference --  social media. Which is NOT a news outlet, but is an outlet, nonetheless.

And, wow, talk about fear and hatred. Although, honestly, I don't want to talk about that. (If you're posting your politics online, you obviously believe in them and those beliefs are polarizing. It's the nature of politics and social media, period.)

What I do want to talk about is this: the world has been hard lately and, I don't know about you, but I need a boost in a big way. I need to offer someone a kind word, a hug and a smile, preferably all at the same time. I need to use social media to reach out and virtually high five someone instead of demonizing them. I need to look back on my FB page or Twitter feed at the end of the day and think, "I helped."

It sounds all Pollyanna. I get that way. Sorry, not sorry. Awhile ago, I used the #yourock hashtag on Twitter to give virtual high fives, and I think it's time for another round. I'd love it if you'd join me for the next few days. Because, well, #yourock. :)