Ode to Journalists
December 14, 2012, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Mind, News, Uncategorized, Writing | Tags: , ,

There was a reason I switched my career early on from journalism to the mental health field. When you are so wrapped up in reporting, grasping for news, details and sniffing out stories, it is easy to lose your balance, to veer toward negativity, to be attracted to drama. I lasted a year and a half at a small-town newspaper before feeling burnt out, confused about my purpose there, needing space and time to digest what my life had been and what it could be in the future. It just wasn’t for me.

Today I’m very content with my life changes and even more appreciative of journalism professionals who daily gather the news and hustle to inform the public. Because it’s a difficult job. And the higher you climb, the more difficult it gets. But the job still strikes me. Hits that place in my heart that loves truth and justice. I’m in awe of the brave men and women who gather the news.

This week I was watching the coverage of conflicts in Syria and learned of this journalist’s death. Ironically, this man died of an asthma attack in the field and not as the result of violence. From the linked piece: “Anthony died as he lived — determined to bear witness to the transformation sweeping the Middle East and to testify to the suffering of people caught between government oppression and opposition forces,” wrote Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, in an email to the newspaper’s staff.

Besides the escalating violence abroad, national news coverage of isolated acts of violent shootings seemed to spike this week. There has been a mall shooting in Oregon, an execution-style street shooting in New York and I’m currently watching coverage of breaking news of reports from an alleged elementary school shooting in Connecticut today.

It’s so easy for viewers to just turn off the TV. It’s easy for readers to put down the newspaper or the magazine. To just walk away. To disengage. But for reporters in the field disengagement is not an option.

Disengagement really shouldn’t be an option for civilians, either.

For those reporting, for those who simply must find out the truth, this reality doesn’t exist. Or should not exist.

“I keep telling myself to calm down, to take less of an interest in things and not to get so excited, but I still care a lot about liberty, freedom of speech and expression, and fairness in journalism.” ~Kate Adie~

Sometimes all you need is…

A fresh perspective.

An uplifting word in the trenches.

Someone to tell you everything’s going to be OK.

A reminder.

– to stay focused.

– to keep swimming.




of what doesn’t serve God.

Of what doesn’t serve to heal.

To help.

To decrease your own suffering…

or the suffering of another.

We need reminders.

To hold on to the important.

Embrace the present.

Honor the past. Be grateful for your lessons.

Live for today.

Create your future.



The blessed work of helping the world forward happily does not wait to be done by perfect men. ~George Eliot~

Or women, George. Men or women.


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