As I look around at the Facebook recovery community it has become more and more obvious to me that not only are the same dog gone people doing the same dog gone things but the same dog gone people are doing the same dog gone things. Who knows maybe that is the secret to recovery and why I am never at peace it wouldn’t surprise me.
HELP RECOVERY PEOPLE please I beg do something new, fresh and exciting that makes me want to come back in and see what you have happening next! Advocate after advocate, marketer or not sharing each other’s quotes every single day. Why in the world do I need to follow Moe, David and Chuck if Moe’s page has exactly the same posts as Davids and Chucks they are even in the same order and hello they say the same damn things. Come on, you need to stop, isn’t your news feed clogged up with same memes back to back? I know that it is because mine is too so let’s please find other stuff to do.
Think about it for a moment. I care about all of you. Even the ones I poke now then and at the very least I am emotionally attached to most of you. For years I have known you so imagine a min that I am someone new.
I don’t know that Carol’s crazy or that Big Jim is a teddy bear. I don’t know who is funny or heard Bobble rant and rest and never have I ever heard Joe Nester sing, Never Gonna Take My Soul, or cried as I played Brandon Kutcheras, Relapse, over and over until I knew every word by heart without the music playing.
You don’t know me and I don’t know you. I am scared and not sure that any of you have hurt like I have. Either everyone seems too perfect or wait you all must be crazy because surely I don’t belong here and none of these fools better even mention rehab while I am here! I am looking for any excuse to run and seeing these copy cat pages feels fake and so cold.
I’m already scared, and I am in so much pain that my heart even hurts that I have done this again. One thing is certain as I sit here the withdraw I am feeling might kill me for real! The last thing you want is for me to I feel alone here.
It’s true we are all in pain but this person needs to know that you aren’t coasting along. They need your passion to catch them tonight and maybe just maybe you will have a chance to save their life!
That person that I just described deserves a whole lot more and I know you want to reach them so do something that isn’t the same as yesterday.
Please there has got to be a better way of reaching people then only sharing the same ten people’s memes. I know I am no expert and what do I know but what if today you spent a few moments today and every day in Facebooks search bar and look for some of the people that you do not already know and give them a like and who knows maybe a share. Say hello and welcome them. You never know they might be exactly what your center, program, ministry or page needs.
It’s scary staring out into a community like this where the story of that scary old lady is real and the newspaper chick ( me ) bounces all over the place! Who do you trust? Remember when you opened your page? It seemed like getting to 1000 might happen some day but you were not sure anyone cared anyway. . You had more questions then answers about the way that it works and the way that you found those answers was by talking to one another back when it felt safe. When we all just wanted to help someone who felt the way we had or looked like a loved one who suffered so bad.
So what, your Tim Ryan, and your girlfriends a movie star, spend. a couple moments in your search bar and send a personal note to someone that is putting in the work but at this time has 500 followers and of course could use some tips. Imagine how awesome that person might feel when they open messenger and find Tim Ryan there. Maybe it’s Rich Walters, Saul Kane, Jennifer Gimenez, Shay Dunn or who knows…fill in your name and meet someone new.
I bet that all of you out there could make someone’s day if you reached outside of your circle and outside of that comfortable space we all usually stay. Welcome somebody that thinks you are the coolest thing since sliced bread and maybe one day you will feel the same about them. You all have the power to change people’s lives you do it everyday so please give this idea a try. If you do and you meet someone wonderful. Please take a few moments and send me a note.
Oh don’t forget to remind our new friends that feeding the old lady is quite dangerous and if they are not comfortable they might be next. Make sure you tell them if they seem very scared to send me a note so I can calm their fears. It will just take a moment to send them screenshots of three or four followers that she really has. I’m sorry Carol take this as a special little gift. Our podcast was a bust I think ten people listened to it. Sorry I lied I knew it would have broken your heart but it was perfect for me cause I could say anything and not worry a bit because I knew that you would be the only one who ever heard it.
I hope that you all meet someone that might make a positive impact on your life and you will do the same in return and all of us at least can laugh at our special follower who after all isn’t making any impact besides in her mind, but u all are free to make a difference in each other’s lives.