Wednesday, November 7, 2012

An Early Advent Discipline


Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch, but Advent begins early next month and I thought I’d get a head start plus borrow from Lent and engage in a spiritual discipline.  This is one I am revisiting from Lent 2008: I am giving up television news for Advent – starting now.

I confess:  I am a news junkie, especially a political news junkie.  And television news captivates me, as I hop back and forth from CNN to MSNBC to FoxNews to C-SPAN to Democracy Now! to Al Jazeera in English to BBC and back again, remote ever at hand ready to switch whenever I get too bored or too frustrated with one or the other.

I will still get the news, but I will read it.  My only exception is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – that is a sacrifice I am not prepared to make.

So to Soledad and Shep, Rachel and Amy and all the rest, I say good-bye for now.  I can’t say it’s been fun.  I’m thinking we just need a break, the chance to ‘see’ other people for awhile.  I’ll be in touch.  Don’t wait up for me.  Jon, see you at 11.

3 comments:

  1. So you're leaving? now that you've got me hooked!?!! AARGH!!!

    I was there with you...I think this is a good thing! lol!

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  2. I'm so far behind in reading blogs. I gave up watching the news some time ago. It wasn't a conscious decision, just a process of watching less and less and realizing I was feeling calmer and more peaceful without it. I, too, am a political news junkie, but I seem to be able to digest the written word better than I do broadcast journalism.

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