Fighting fear with faith and fortitude in 2021

2021 The F-Suite Publisher & Managing Editor

The F-Suite publisher shares her thoughts as we head into 2021

Has every conversation you’ve had in the past I-don’t-know-how-many months begun and ended with COVID? Ugh, right? Nearly all these conversations are laced with fear as we head into 2021. Not knowing what the future holds is always scary and can lead our thoughts down grim paths.

I think the majority of us agree that most news organizations are biased. This is an industry originally built on objectivity that’s really lost its way. In college, I wrote a paper entitled “Media Consumption: You are What You Eat.” (I got an A.) Here’s an interesting snippet:

We are bombarded daily, if not hourly, by news from print, broadcast and digital media sources. Who is monitoring the quality and substance of the images, words and sounds the media feeds us? Just as a diet of unhealthy food affects our health, the quality of the news we consume also affects our lives.

Think of news as brain food. The press is responsible for what’s on the menu, but consumers are responsible for making healthy, nutritional choices.  This is known as media literacy.

Even I, a professional journalist, have difficulty finding credible, objective news sources. So, months ago, I chose to turn off the news since most is simply untrustworthy noise. This includes stepping away as much as possible from social media. It’s too difficult to weed through most of what’s being presented as facts. I check in quickly to make sure we’re not at war or being taken over by zombies, and then go about my business at peace. It feels great! This magazine and its growth are the result of me forging ahead undistracted.

Putting COVID in perspective

This isn’t the first time frightening, life-changing events shook the world. My father and grandmother escaped Hitler’s reign of terror. The rest of the family was lost to violence or in Nazi death camps. However, both Grandma and Daddy went on to lead productive, full lives despite the loss of their family, nationality and property, and the damage to their psyches and hearts.

The world came back from the 14th century Bubonic plague, Italy survived the fall of the Roman Empire, Ireland eventually overcame its potato famine, and Jews (and other so-called “undesirables”) survived the Holocaust. Were your ancestors slaves? Did someone in your family rebuild after Hurricane Katrina? Did you have a relative in one of the Twin Towers the day they fell? We made it through the 1000-year flood of 2015. We’ll get through COVID, scarred but stronger.

People who overcome such circumstances typically have a foundation of faith in something that gives them hope. From somewhere deep inside they know this too shall pass. Try turning off the hope-robbing news and go about your business. We’re here to help you with that!

Sincere best wishes for you, your family and your business in 2021 and beyond!

Anna Gelbman Edmonds, Publisher  & Managing Editor

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. – Hebrews 11:1-2