Posted on 11/09/2017

Information Overload

So has I flip through the channels hearing the reflections of 9/11, those recovering from Harvey and tracking Irma…Katia…Jose…and whatever else is out there. Then there’s North Korea, the on going Russia investigation, the record heat and fires out West. The deadly earthquake that hit Mexico. Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court…that are a lot of moving parts.

Yes your love one might be curious and thinks that they may ‘need to know’ but too much can be too much. The 24/7 news cycle can run a story and loop it hour after hour.

I prefer checking in just to see what happened and check in later as the full story develops. My dad gets mad but I always turn the channel after the morning news shows. Price Is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, HGTV, etc. just to redirect his thoughts and focus. 

Here are my suggestions:

  • Take time to remember and reflect – bring up good memories and the positive things that has happened after the tragedy
  • Give when you can, what you can – if you can, volunteers are always welcome. That doesn’t mean you have to be on site. Preparing food, sewing, donating clothes, cleaning supplies and things everyone uses everyday.
  • Just because you have a plan, the real test comes when it is put into action – you began with the end in mind. You picture how the project will end and work backward to fill in the blank. Things will and do go wrong but sticking to the plan and the goal keeps things glued together.