From the time I was a little kid, I’ve watched the news. I grew up with Huntley-Brinkley and Walter Cronkite. They would read one story at a time and have an occasional related picture on the screen next to them. Sometimes there would be a reporter in the field who would talk about the story. Furthermore, most TV and radio stations went off the air each evening at midnight or some other designated time.
Now before I go any further, let me make something clear: I do not buy into the “evil media” belief. The media gives us what we want and if we want something different, then we have to let them know that. We do that through ratings as well as direct communication with the media themselves. So let me continue…
We live now in a world of 24-hour news from a variety of sources. In addition, information comes at a much faster rate. News stories are shorter and and more fast-paced. Also, information such as the weather, sports scores, stock reports rolls across the bottom of the screen in multiple-level ribbons. Plus, I don’t know of any TV or radio stations that go off the air on a daily basis. A lot has changed!
Something else that I’ve noticed that has changed is the amount of “breaking news”. In the course of my early life, I remember only two news stories for which they broke into regularly scheduled programming to report. One was when Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and the other was when President Richard Nixon had a blood clot in his leg and was hospitalized. I know that there were other ones but these are the two that jumped out the most at me.
I compare that to today when I can get one or two breaking news stories on a daily basis. There can’t be that much breaking news in the world. In other words, how can so many stories rise to the level of priority? If everything becomes a priority then nothing is.
The same could be said of life itself. If I have too much going on and I’m trying to get it all done, then nothing gets done. I can’t have so much “breaking news” in my life that I lose track of what my priorities are. So it’s a matter of figuring out what my priorities truly are. Once I do that (and believe me it’s an ongoing thing), serenity is much easier to achieve and retain.
So how much “breaking news” do you have in your life? What can you do to truly determine your priorities? feel free to share that in the comments below.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Have a terrific Tuesday ☺
Jane Freund is an author, encourager, speaker, book coach, and pun lover. She has written or co-written 19 books and helped authors from 5 to 85 get their books written and published. Jane’s latest book, her first historical fiction novel, will be out in the fall of 2018. Previously, Jane taught Communication for ten years at Boise State University.
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