I really thought that focusing on the latest “current events” in my blog would be a pretty straight forward process. You know, look at the newspaper, get online and see the latest headlines streaming in front of my face. Turn on the radio or news channel and hear the most important stories. Right? I had assumed that’s how it would be.
But maybe this is why I struggled with true and false type of tests in school. Sometimes there isn’t a concrete delineation of what a certain thing is and what it is not, because I guess, it’s really all about the definition we use to describe that thing and where or who that definition came from in the first place.
So, what determines a “current event” or a story that makes the headlines in such a way that it impacts people’s conversations, sways people’s emotions, influences what people (such as myself) talk about on their blogs? And are these “current events” the only ones that are worthy of our time, energy and attention? (*Sigh) Can’t I just say “yes” and move on? No. What fun would that be?!
I realize that an automatic response could be that a “current event” is what makes the front page around the globe. Or there is the meaning-of-the-word route which would consist of an event that is currently happening. Or “current events” in essence could be just completely subjective depending on the point of view.
Lately, I’ve noticed myself float along, allowing the flashy, violent, dramatic, soap opera media headlines to decide for me what “current events” I should be focusing on. Of course, the outlets present their news suggestions; that’s their job. Suggestions and reports of what happened in the world today create global access in a sense… but we all know those reports are not all that happened in the world today. Headlines presented with fireworks and ‘disturbing footage meant for mature audiences only’ almost convince me daily that nothing else could possibly be judged as equally or more important.
But, on this particular day, the “current event” that has snagged my attention is the actual process of determining the “current events” of my own life, whether they mesh with the media front page or not. Exposed to the headlines of the day, while listening to those important events directly around me, popping up in my life; then, taking a moment to choose the direction of my focus, energy and time. Okay, sounds like an interesting “current event” and perhaps a perspective worth sharing.