Into the Unknown: Lori O’Leary
In the ever-transmogrifying world of social media, it takes a village to spread the word about anything. My blog lives because of its readers, and I appreciate every one of you. But, for the remainder of this week, I am going to thank some special people: my advocates, people who go beyond reading my blog and telling me how much they enjoy it. They share it with their friends and spread the word about it whenever and wherever they can. That I never asked any of them to be my advocate is even more humbling for me.
I’ve never met Lori O’Leary. It was my good fortune when she found me. Back in February, I wrote a post about growing up with Kellie Rasberry, who in turn shared it with her 150,000+ fans on her Facebook Page.
Lori was one of those fans. She sent me a friend request on Facebook. Thank everything in the universe, I accepted. It’s one of those little social media lessons: take requests from people you don’t know; you may keep a sample of them in your life. In a few cases, you might just make a true friend for the duration.
I don’t even know why Lori started reading my blog. Curiosity? Kindred feeling? Everyone made her feel like she lives right around the corner? Whatever her reasons, she is an advocate of the stratospheric order. Almost every day of the week, she shares my writing with her network, not just with a blase link, but with strong, witty endorsements and teasing commentary. Some of her selfless words have caused me to tear. I still don’t understand why someone I’ve never met would care so much about what I have to say.
And, I’m more grateful than I can convey in a few meager words, pounded into cyberspace.
Lori lives in Idaho, a freaking long way from me and not easy to reach by any means. Still, a visit to Idaho is moving up my list. I want to meet her. Hug her. Spend time hearing her voice so that I can underline her written words with her unique melody. In fact, Lori, if we go hiking together, I’ll bring the camera.
From communing with Lori for most of 2011, I know she is proud of her kids. She exercises to stay healthy and stave off negativity, just like me. She works hard. A visit to Ireland was a dream for her, and I suspect she’d like to see more. Her wrenching glimpses of people who disappoint are shards of her soul that somehow fit with mine. I know those places, too.
Real treasure isn’t easy to uncover, no matter how far we plunder the depths of the sea. We could dig the earth for decades and fail to find anything truly valuable. Rarer still is discovering that forgotten hoard of cash or winning the lottery.
Lori, your tireless connection means more than these to me.
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