The media shares information 24 hours a day, through all forms of communication. So many times, we hear numbers regarding people and situations. The numbers can be staggering, but often enough, we continue with our day and forget.
Yesterday, during the morning meeting at my work, one of our very talented and compassionate anchors, Dan Elliott, mentioned something about a man, who is a father and husband, who committed suicide after learning he was going to suffer from major pay cuts in his career, and his house was hundreds of thousands of dollars underwater.
Our entire staff of managers, producers, reporters - were quiet. I mean, silent. It was as if we were all processing the news in our own way of thinking. The silence continued for longer than usual. It wasn't something we were going to do a story on, it was just something Dan wanted to share.
It is so easy to judge. So easy to look at the situation and have our doubts. This man had young children, one of them which walked inside the home and found his father dead. I started to wonder what this man was thinking, why he decided to give up. It saddened me. I realized he was one of the thousands of people who are struggling... another voice in the sea I hear everyday calling our newsroom looking for help.
We can't sit around and dwell on life and the unfortunate things happening around us, but, we have to remember that behind every number, every statistic, every voice... there is a face, a family. It is so easy to become immune to tragedy - especially in a business that strives off of it.
Just a reminder for myself, the people I work with, and the people who watch television, listen to the radio, read the newspapers, and go online for their news. It's something to think about next time you hear a statistic, or a number.
I'm not trying to be depressing, just want to remind people to feel lucky for what they have... I know I do. :)