I have been watching a new HBO series this summer called The Newsroom. If you can, go check it out. It is another great Aaron Sorkin tale of human drama with lots of very witty fast walking and talking all happening at the same time. I know it is not always true to life, but I do love the pace in which it all happens. It has been a juicy dose of entertainment for me these past two weeks at home. But I digress (how Aaron Sorkin of me.)
What this show has awakened in me is much awareness of my relationship to “the” news as it happens in my world around me. Do I just react out of a habit? Do I see it as true? Do I simply see it for what it is? What does “the” news mean to me or about me? There are many questions for me personally as I watch this show and see how they spin the news (of course they do!)
And on a bigger scale, there are many questions for all of us with regard to our relationship to “the” news. This week I received some news in our life (nothing too dramatic), that activated in me my own awareness of how I respond to “the” news. It first sent me to panic, then to fear and then it even activated a major shame attack spiral (don’t you just hate self shame spirals). I went to all these places and then finally landed on the final thought of “I get to choose my relationship to this news.” Now I know that sounds obvious, but I am not sure it is very obvious in our culture. We are simply news responders rather than “new” news creators. What I mean by that is “what is the ‘new’ news I want to create from ‘the’ news I just received?” What a much more powerful question to be in than to simply be a reactor to “the” news as it comes at me. And in this situation it has activated a plethora of new insights and awarenesses of where I was asleep in my life.
I was woken up by this news — and thank God (or whatever Higher Power you may have for yourself.) Now I get to create “new” news from “the” news I received this week. And what I know at an even deeper level is that I co-created “the” news for myself so I would be woken up to go create some “new” news for my life, because it it simply time for some “new” news for my life. So I ask you, are you simply reacting to “the” news coming at you today or are you creating “new” news for yourself and your life? I would love to hear your thoughts on this simple yet freeing perspective shift. Thanks for reading….more to come…. as I always say!