The Curse is the Blessing (in Life and in Social Media)
Posted on August 1, 2010 by amberlcleveland
My first blog post for my blog (opposed to my company’s blog)…you’d think I’d want to tell you a little about me…keep you coming back for more (laughs nervously). I guess my plan is to tell you something about me, by telling you something about my Grandma Hubbard.
My Grandma Hubbard was born to an American mother and a Macedonian father in Northern Indiana in 1924. When she was five, her mother died. It was her first memory… being at her mother’s funeral. I know because I asked her. I asked her lots of questions because I thought it was important to know your roots. So when I asked her why her brother and sisters didn’t have any children, what she told me was horrific.
You see, after my Grandma’s mother died, the state took the children from her father claiming that he couldn’t take care of them, to say times were hard is an understatement. It was the Great Depression, who could properly take care of their children?
My Grandma (Mary Helen), her sisters Rosie, Pauline, Anne and her brother Buddy were taken to an orphanage. While they were there, my Grandma became very ill, she had Diphtheria, was running a high fever, which resulted in her being admitted to the hospital.
Her illness is the reason that I am alive (along with the other 56 people in my family) because, while she was sick, the state STERILIZED her brother and sisters. How is it possible this happened? It was horrific and I could go on for…well a long time about the injustice of it for her siblings, but the purpose of this post is that sometimes the blessing is the curse.
As a little girl with a high fever, in yet another strange place, I am sure my Grandma was scared. She couldn’t have known that her illness would have ultimately led to the birth of her 4 children, 15 Grandchildren, 33 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Great-Great-Grandchildren (and counting).
The moral of this blog: Sometimes the curse is the blessing. It has really allowed me to be grounded in the knowledge that, “The path you are on is taking you where you are supposed to go.” It is easy to get caught up in the why me and the why this etc. If you just have a little faith that it will all work out, it will ; ) My Grandma would tell you that herself if she were still here.
So when I am tweeting, blogging, commenting etc and I start to panic about missing something important; I take a deep breath and know that if I am supposed to see it, read it, find it…I will. The curse that is the blessing in Social Media: the overabundance of information/education/opportunity.
One more thing…take time-outs from Social Media, the net, work, blogging, and tweeting to enjoy time with your family and friends. I don’t think that when faced with death people will say, “I should have worked more, tweeted more, blogged more.” It’s all about perspective.
Thanks for taking the time to read my 1st personal blog post. I am truly grateful to be here, to share and to have others share with me. Look forward to your comments.
About amberlclevelandEntrepreneurial Marketing Professional who is passionate about Social Media and Social Good. My mantra is "endless possibilities."
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Wow did this hit home. Jim and I feel EXACTLY this way about life. “The path you are on is taking you where you are supposed to go.” We have had some really challenging experiences over the past few years and now live our lives by this motto. Thank you for sharing a very interesting story Amber.
What a beautiful way to start your personal blog; by honoring where you come from and remembering those who’ve made an impact in your life. I was speechless when I read what they did to her brother and sisters! Wow how does that happen!
But you’ve learned from it; “the curse is the blessing” and by sharing this with us, you allows us to take a look at our own life and be appreciative of all we have, good and bad.
Thanks for sharing!
Make sure you set yourself clear limits time wise. Or get the real life stuff you need doing done first.
What a story! A sad and an happy one. Your grandma’s diphteria was certainly a blessing in disguise. Thanks to @Miriclaire on Twitter, I had the pleasure of reading your first post!
Wishing you lots of inspiration!
Oups! It’s rather through @lizstrauss that I heard about your blog 🙂
And now I know how you always maintain your perspective and know that things will always work out in ways we cannot see. Your grandma must be smiling and guiding you still.
What a touching story, Amber. I’m choked up remembering my own grandmother, who we lost so recently. In her own way, she taught me this same lesson. And what great faith she had!
Thank you for sharing this, and all the best on your new blog and with Sterling Hope!