There is a lot going on in the news. First there was the earthquake in Japan, then it was the tsunami. Then the threat of nuclear catastrophe erupted from the reactors damaged in the aforementioned quake and tsunami. We waited for that media moment when we’d know the final outcome in the epic battle to prevent a nuclear meltdown, not thinking that anything could possibly displace this story from the headlines. Within days, however, comes news that the U.S. has launched military action in Libya.
Back in quieter, ordinary times, news organizations traditionally put together a “year in review” that aired every December, recapping the major events of the year, along with pop culture highlights and other memorable moments. Nowadays it seems that more happens in a week than happened in a year — and as more and more stories crop up, we quickly lose touch with the stories that so completely dominated the headlines mere days ago. It’s as if we need a “week in review” to handle the amount of news that used to come up in a year — some kind of wrap-up to clear the cache and give us breathing room again.
Which begs the question, is there more going on in the world than ever before? Or is this just the unintended consequence of living in the “information age” — where both personal and worldwide media spread news at lightning speed? How do we manage this constant barrage of information, this turmoil, and rise above it? How do we keep up with the news, without losing our peace of mind?
In impossibly challenging times, we can find our inspiration in that which gives us hope and lifts our spirit. Like the lotus flower, which rises out of the mud and blooms brightly above the dark surface, we too can rise above the turmoil, and find a way to flourish.