Friday, November 18, 2011

Keep Me Where The Light Is

Tonight's essay—a meditation, really—comes from guest blogger Courtney Couch, who urges us to take away the right lessons from today's news.

In a time when the media is oversaturated with the foolishness of Herman Cain, the publicity stunts of Kim K and the repugnant Penn State skullduggery, there seems to be no light in the midst of all of society’s darkness.

Moral responsibility seems to be at an all time low as people witness the sexual abuse of children and do nothing. Marriage is being made into a mockery as celebrities turn the sacred institution into a cash cow, while millions of American’s support and feed into all the corruption. Sheesh, is the end really near?

Monday night as I cringed through Bob Costas’ interview of Jerry Sandusky incriminating himself on NBC, I was DVR’ing a “20/20” special that I had no idea would be so sublime.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s recovery segment by Diane Sawyer was a breath of fresh air and inspiration that isn’t often provided in the media nowadays. In the midst of disheartening headlines, political distrust, and an economic crisis, this special served as a timely remainder of hope and courage.

Gabby’s miraculous survival and speedy recovery gave me goose bumps (meaning I really cried like a baby) and encouraged me beyond words. As ABC has reported, The Special Edition of “20/20” with Diane Sawyer reporting “Gabby and Mark: Courage and Hope” averaged 13.4 million viewers. At the 10 o’clock hour, the special ranked as the most-watched TV show overall and ranked #1 across all key women demographics. I hope the 13.4 million viewers accepted and shared the message they took from the segment. May they inspire their peers just as Gabby inspired me to be steadfast in my beliefs and always push forward no matter what.

As Diane concluded, sometimes life is about “finding the courage you need when the life you live is not the life you planned and learning that there has to be many definitions of a beautiful day.” May we all seek to be individual beacons of light, and have the courage to always do what’s right.

Courtney Couch is a UNC alumna who loves lyrics, laughter, food and a good debate. She's seeking her master's in corporate communication and PR at NYU all while staying loyal to her Tar Heels!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As much as I think you're right, that these positive examples of human dignity and triumph are much needed in society, there's still the question of public interest. People love to see celebrities self destruct. Love to see them bounce back (so they can fall again). Wouldn't you agree that people just want to see lofty people brought feel superior? And perhaps secretly resent lofty people who say lofty?