It might be easy but it’s not helping

Right now is a difficult time for a lot of people.

One of the easiest things you can do is read every article, keep up with live news updates online or on TV, scroll social media and panic.

But the chances are those things aren’t actually helping. Knowing the ever’changing stats of cases in countries across the globe is probably not going to bring you comfort or put your mind at ease.

Most people use social media in excess on a normal day but it’s likely that things have been ramped up even further recently.

Seeing people tell you what they think you should think or how they think you should feel might only add to your frustrations, not soothe them.

And so right now it’s worth being a little more intentional about what you’re consuming.

You don’t need to keep up with everything.

You might not get tomorrow

If you’ve got something to say, then say it.

And if there’s something you want to do, you may as well do it.

You only have to look at the current events whether on social media or on the TV to be reminded that sometimes you won’t get the chance to do the thing you’ve been putting off.

It really is true what they say, tomorrow isn’t promised.

If that’s not enough to get the ball rolling, then maybe you’re okay with missing out.

Who makes the news?

A group of people died at the weekend and somehow social media became a sort of Chinese whispers where people were spreading false news.

And so it got me wondering who makes the news and how could they get things so wrong.

I think in these times where fast isn’t quick enough, people put being the first (or one of the first) to break a story over getting all the facts. One broadcasting company even showed a video of the wrong person, who was in fact still alive and not involved in the accident whatsoever.

Or maybe it’s us, reading the headlines and filling in the blanks because that’s easier and sometimes more interesting than the truth. But filling in the blanks and spreading fake news isn’t useful.

Spreading fake news reduces the integrity of journalism and in times of tragedy can cause unnecessary hurt and confusion.

So to the people that make the news and the ones that spread it, think more and handle it with care.