Be Your Own Good News Author
Author: Lee ... date: 2003Word count: 735 ... 60 BE YOUR OWN GOOD NEWS AUTHOR Creating Good News ... In An Often ... World © Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved
Author: Lee Wise
Copyright date: 2003 Word count: 735 w/bio Characters/line: 60 BE YOUR OWN GOOD NEWS AUTHOR Creating Good News Headlines In An Often Not-So-Good World © Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved "READ ALL ABOUT IT!" In the world of literature headlines are designed to draw our attention to the product, service or event the author wants us to focus our attention on at any given moment. Headlines are designed to cause us to internalize a variety of responses. Maybe even some like these: "I wonder if this is true? I'll check it out." "That's right! I identify. Those other wacky diets have failed me too. I'm going to look into this." "Good heavens: that's awful. How could anyone think that way?" "My mom sure could use this. I mean, all these people can't be wrong... right?" "It's only that much?" "That's interesting." "I would like to be feel that way -- just once." "I admire that type of person." A good headline, in other words, causes us to respond. We become engaged at a different level with the author because he or she got our attention. A good headline can be powerful. Now hold on to that thought while I redirect your attention to the idea of... CREATING YOUR HEADLINE FOR THIS COMING WEEK "Create your own headline -- what are you talking about?" I'm talking about creating your own "good news" headline for the week. A mental filter that will cause you to focus your attention on the good things around you. That's right: the good events. The common, everyday stories of people who are doing and saying things that bring beauty into our world. The wife who gently kisses her child in a grocery store after work -- even though she is exhausted. The laughter you hear down the hall because someone is a bright individual and others relate to him or her. The person you work with who takes time to write a sincere note of thanks for a seemingly small act on your part. The phone call that meant so much. The friend who loaned you his car while yours was being repaired. The good news you heard on the television. A QUESTION FOR YOU What title could *you* give to a headline that would cause you to *actually see* the small, and not-so-small, good around you for a short period of time? "How about a few examples?" I hear you ask. Sure. Not a problem ;-) "Caught in the act of doing good" "Scores of people encouraging others" "Parents helping their kids" "So many good things it's hard to keep track!" "The little things do get noticed!" "Kindness seen in the most obvious places" "Needs being met in every section of town" "Good news in the news!" Think with me for a moment... If you were to write a short story filled with examples that would fit the headlines listed above -- examples from your everyday world, -- you would have to look for them, wouldn't you? And that's precisely the idea. SOMETIMES LIFE JUST AIN'T PRETTY Before you ask why I'm suggesting this, I will tell you: sometimes the world is not a pretty place. I have in front of me a newspaper, and I am reading headlines like these... "Feds targeting prescription fakes." "Pakistan kills 12 in al-Qaida bunker" "Weekly Iraq toll: 3-6 killed, 40 hurt" "Parents face charges in duct-taping" In spite of these headlines, however, there is good in the world. Good people doing good things. Good people saying good things. Everyday. In your world and in mine. My purpose in suggesting this exercise is simnple... I WANTED US TAKE NOTE OF THE GOOD WE OFTEN MISS Creating our own "headlines" for the day or week is an idea to help us draw our attention to the brighter side of life. In my way of thinking... "It's always good to see the good." WHAT WILL YOU SEE? Time to create your own "good news" headline for this week. Your headline will be ______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ When you will begin ________________________________________ When you will end __________________________________________ Remember: "What you see is what you get." Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time, Lee ------------------------------- Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business at home , and writes two motivational ezines: "A Beautiful Moment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living." Permission is given to distribute article. This paragraph must be included. Email: Lee@seariches.net Link: http://www.seariches.net
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business
at home, and writes two motivational ezines: "A Beautiful Moment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living."