Yesterday, I received this in the mail. And without thinking much about it, I posted this picture on Facebook because I thought it was funny.
I got 28 comments. I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten 28 comments. “So sorry this happened.” “RUDE!” “I bet she never knew.”
And, you know what? I bet Ann Curry never knew she got a package & a letter of gratitude. She’s not in the mailroom. Someone else is…
So last night, I asked myself, Who’s making decisions for me?
It’s easy in today’s world where there will never be enough time to take in all the information. We too frequently look for people, places, technology to help us manage. Of course we do….
And, we can unconsciously get reliant on those sources and sometimes forget to think for ourselves.
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)
Do you support it or oppose it? I mean, why wouldn’t I oppose it? Do you even know what it is? Google & Wikipedia oppose it, and I like both of them a lot.
But wait? Amy Klobuchar & Al Franken Support it, and they must know something I don’t know. Who makes this decision for me?
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am done with getting an email from a friend and thinking I’m getting the best deal ever, only to be taken to a Viagra site. Oh, I am fond of my spam filter. But wait, there was that one time, or is it more…that I missed something important because for some reason, my spam filter made a decision for me? Who’s making that decision for me?
I was raised as a “yellow dog democrat”. It made it so easy to vote when I was younger. No thinking required. Just look for the big D next to the candidate. Today, it is so easy, to listen and be influenced by the sound bite. President Obama, 45% approval rating. Oh, that’s bad. Mitt Romney won’t release his tax form. Oh he’s got to be hiding something. Not much different than a yellow dog….Who’s making decisions for me?
Well, since I already jumped in with politics, I’ll hit this one too. Sometimes, the pulpit is used to send a message. And sometimes, that message is less about a God, and more about swaying our point of view. Using power for evil not good, as a friend used to say. Should women be able to preach in the Catholic church? What about GLBT? Should those people be able to preach at all? Who’s making decision for me?
I found myself asking “How often, am I blindly following without searching for the truth?”
We live big lives. Big lives. With thousands of twitter friends, thousands of friends of facebook, an email box that is never empty, a mail box that still has mail, voicemail & text on our smart phones, and more messages on our home phone.
We’ve got NPR to listen to, The Today Show to watch, Newsweek and Vanity Fair to read, & those 7 podcast that we downloaded a month ago. We’ve got to watch the latest TED video our friend sent us, & read the 3 business books we just saw on our co-workers desk.
Man, we live big lives. And we need Gatekeepers.
Ann Curry needs a gatekeeper, or 2 or 3. I bet she gets an insane amount of stuff sent to her. I bet they have to put a good deal of thought and process in place to try to manage that amount of stuff. I can only imagine. And those Gatekeepers? I imagine they are operating with really good intent. Because she’s got a big life too..
The word Refused made me think. Not about why it was refused. I get that part…but I wondered…
How much am I missing? Who are my Gatekeepers?
Who’s making decisions for me? Am I letting teachers make decisions about my kids? Am I letting doctors make decisions about my elderly parents? Do I only listen to candidates I agree with? Do I only catch the headlines of the news and then create an opinion?
Do I listen to the companies I work for, to the companies I buy from. All have made a decision about a message they want me to hear. Do I stop and make a decision for myself?
How much am I missing?
Is there a mailroom in my life that I am missing?
Funny, thing about mailrooms…it’s where all the really good stuff always happens. Just watch ELF~