This might be one of those chicken-or-the-egg questions, but have we always been this self-centered, or did we experience a sharp uptick with the growth of social media?
Either way, we are — all of us — doing a WHOLE lot of navel-gazing lately. Ninjas included.
Honestly, it’s not the worst thing in the world. We are most interesting to ourselves, so why not gaze into that mirror?
But when you look away from it for a few minutes, you might be surprised what you find around you. That happened to us recently.
In our secret-identity lives, we ninjas each have our own Facebook profiles (shocking, we know). In general, our friends are people we enjoy being connected to, people who share some of our worldview and values. It’s a happy place much of the time (election cycles and Big Ten football seasons aside).
So when we spent a little time reading the Lansing Ninjas’ Facebook news feed recently, we got a glimpse into the lives of hundreds of people in #lovelansing we don’t know in real life. And we saw a lot of people struggling with family problems and illness and finances and jobs and loss.
First, because we’re always thinking about ourselves to some degree, it made us grateful for what we have in our own lives. It also lead us to think about the missions we do. So much of what we do in the community is not only anonymous, it’s usually not targeted at a specific person. We thought we’d try a few that were.
After asking people for their mailing addresses, we’re assembling small, pick-me-up care packages to send to our online friends in hopes of brightening their day and reminding them there are people in our community who love and value them.
Can you help?
Here’s what we’re hoping: Take a spin through your own Facebook news feed. Think about what some of your friends are going through right now. Figure out a way to get their mailing address (ask if you have to) and send them a card. Tell them they matter. It can be anonymous if you want.
Trust us: You’re guaranteed to make someone feel good. And you’ll take the focus off your own troubles, even if only for a few minutes. It feels pretty good.
We’d love to hear your stories about how you’re shining some sun into other people’s worlds. Email us at lansingninjas [at] gmail com.
Have a great day in #lovelansing!