With the recent protest in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak, it dawned on me how much Facebook changed history. Everyone in Egypt used Facebook to communicate about protests, revolts, and revolutions against the government of Egypt. But, it is with so much appreciation and love for all of you, to suggest Facebook as an online support system, to release your troubled thoughts and to ask for immediate support from friends, online.
There are now millions of people on Facebook, enough to circle the whole Earth, so why not change that into a circle of care? Facebook has been tied to so much publicity of social media and advertising, until we forgot its essential purpose was to create a support group online for people who would like to establish social connections. For me, Facebook became a social networking site and an online support group to help my life, because I could just type in what I feel for the day and some friends would suggest options and often enough, my friends would send encouraging messages from across the world.
So let’s use this network for a good cause!
On your “Home” page, to the left bar is an option to “Create Group,” and when you click on that option, there is a pop-up prompt-box asking to title your group and to choose “Privacy” setting. Title the Group “Online Support” and set your “Privacy” setting to “Closed” and you have a confidential online support group.
HOME —> CREATE GROUP —> TITLE GROUP —> CHOOSE MEMBERS —> PRIVACY SETTING “CLOSED.”
The most important portion of this group consists of the “Group Members” and they must be your “Friends” on Facebook, whom you’ve trust with your confidential information, emotional needs, prayers, and secrets :). Remember as I have said on my article “You are worth it,” you must establish a trust between you and your friends because you are relying on each other for life.
When you are comfortable enough, remember to write notes about your progress with the “Notes” option to write down your thoughts to analyze your progress. With each message you’ve send to your support group, monitor your writing, your message, as an example of monitoring your life. Each message is a thought you’ve carried for the whole day, and as you are writing those thoughts down, keep in mind your actions represents your reactions to each event.
In your “Notes,” create a simple table for each day for a reactionary analysis to monitor your reactions, and to perfect your thought process. Remember to record the responses of your online support group to this table, although it is optional, for you to see how much you are connected to some personalities over another and how much people do care for you.
Event: write a simple message about what happened to you, and how you felt it is necessary to let go and seek support.
Reaction: write about what you’ve done and how you’ve reacted to the event.
Outcome: write down the result and outcomes of your actions and reactions as is (truthfully because this will be important in recognizing your own symptoms and erratic actions).
Analysis: write down the lessons for each outcome and what strong points and weaknesses you noticed.
Try to be more reserved in your information on your public Facebook pages, but use the “Create Group” feature to present a greater disclosure of your feelings and what happens in your life. Let’s really start a social network of support instead of finding flaws in each other’s messages on Facebook. Don’t take this social networking site for granted, and build your circle of care!