I found myself needing to do a filter check, a truth filter check, for stuff in the news. Things like the disasters in Japan, and closer to home, the Governor of Wisconsin/Budget/Union controversy, point to a major reason why it’s important to be sure the news read or heard is truthful and accurate, and that the news givers are not actually helping to make or augment the news itself.
Get news from several sources is what I usually say. But, right now there’s a lot of shouting, excess reporting, and editorial opining. It’s hard to edit what is out there because there is so much! And it’s really loud! Even my Facebook and Twitter seem to be shouting! It’s wearing me out.
So, I took a news break today. I needed to calm the alarm in my head and heart.
One of my Church Administrator mentors is known for his fairness. I found it sometimes aggrevating especially when he sat back and quietly evaluated instead of jumping to action. But, I truly admire that ability and aspire to BE fair. I think fairness is a significant part of integrity. When one is in leadership it’s important to be informed, stay tuned in to the world, and filter with fairness. I think it helps understand where people are coming from and where a team’s potential lies so you can all head in the same direction. It’s a mistake to work in a tunnel or a focused (overworked) bubble, especially if it’s a church or nonprofit. It doesn’t equip you to filter to the truth when people act a fool in a reactionary way. The last thing you want to do rush to conclusions and jump inappropriately on bandwagons. Remember Emily Latella, played by Gilda Radner? Emily twisted news and tried to get everyone worked up for her version, but upon learning she had misunderstood, she’d say, “nevermind.” Funny…but not.
We all need to step back from the noise no matter what the situation. Really there is only so many times to repeat then repeat again before words are mispoken, misunderstood, or worse, manipulated. Sometimes it’s best to double up the truth filters, and be quiet.
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
I never learned anything when I was talking. Jacob Stocker, my grandpa