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Save the Drama for your...tv?


I tweeted this statement today:

"I need two more of me"

Of course, that prompted several sarcastic remarks (which I expected!) and some ensuing thought on my behalf.


Here's what I've concluded from my thoughts (sorry, not too deep) - just real!
  • There's only one of me - for which my friends are really happy :)
  • There are some things in life that are simply "time killers"
  • I'm coming to the place in my life and ministry where the phrase "killing time" is appalling
  • Time is a gift from God - each day, hour, minute and second is to be stewarded and redeemed for His purposes
  • Having said all the previous things...what I really need is better management of "me"
So, one of the immediate measure I'm putting into my life is limiting the amount of tv I watch on a weekly basis. I am a "news junkie" - particularly Fox News. But what I've come to realize is that Fox News (nor any other network for that matter) does NOT promote the news - they promote DRAMA!

Next time you're watching, carefully observe how each segue and promotion of each upcoming story is all about the drama involved - the tone of the anchors, the video/audio used in the background, the secondary screen graphics - all of it is geared to create drama and suck you in (ultimately so that you'll watch the commercials and they'll get paid).

I'm not sure about you, but I don't really see the need for the addition of drama into my life.

So, I'm now limiting the amount of tv that I watch to a few hours per week - there may be times when we have a family movie night that I may go over, but for the most part, I'm sticking to just a few (like 5 or less) hours per week - there's simply better things to do with my time.

What about what's going on in the world? Well, since you asked...I'm using RSS feeds and online editions of papers - I check them 1st thing in the morning in my morning reading (which is when I also read the blogs I follow). If something catastrophic happens, I always have CNN Breaking News coming to my phone via text and twitter.

A little less drama,
A little more time,
A little less drama,
A little more mind.

(hey, it's corny, but it works!)

2 comments:

Todd said...

you are the anti drama queen?!? you know like the anti Christ, well if you have to explain it..well then..you know...

Todd

Tim said...

Rick,

Great thought. 5 hours or less a week...I too need to work on this. Reading good books is a area that I am working on...and by the way, thanks for the last book "Change your Church for Good, The Art of Sacred Cow Tipping". I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.