“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.” ― Tyler Knott Gregson
I have tried, as a matter of course, to stay away from the discussion of all things political and societal on my own social media over the last several months, simply because I feel like enough people are already talking about these things. I have nothing new or especially significant to contribute.
This past week, however, I did post one small item that went mostly unnoticed, with the exception of one commenter who brought up some salient points about the contents of the article. I try mightily to stick with the idea of “try being informed instead of just opinionated”, so my response was that I thought the topic deserved more reading with those thoughts in mind.
The news today is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? We have the opportunity to be more and better educated than perhaps any other time in history. But it’s very dicey; there’s so much conflicting information, it can be very hard to form an educated opinion.
And then there’s this: while I absolutely do want to explore and research some of today’s most important topics, I find the process mentally and emotionally exhausting. The internet can be a black hole of information that can time-suck your days away and in the end, leave you dismayed by the state of the world. So for my July 2020 Forbes article, I wrote a piece called How To Stop Information Overload In Its Tracks. It’s based on my own need to find a balance between being informed and being overwhelmed. These are steps I’ve implemented for myself, and I hope you find them useful.
And just one other thing: I’m not in agreement with everything my friends are saying and doing during this time. Our belief systems and politics don’t necessarily run the same course, but I am delighted when we can disagree and still hold rational discourse. I’m heartened by what I see in that regard and hope that we can realize that disagreement does not have to be the death knell of relationships, but a foundation on which we can build better understanding.
I know we’re all treading water right now, and trying to make the best of it. Just keep swimming, friends.
Read my July 2020 Forbes article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2020/07/23/how-to-stop-information-overload-in-its-tracks/#32bae3a958e1.