Ever so slowly over many years the "personality newsperson" has edged into the industry and now appears to be, at least on the national level, the rule rather than the exception.
There are thousands of "media influencers" many of whom we can carry in the palm of our hands or out into far corners of the world; they have great power to wield.
Media who continue to use terminologies and comparisons from "another century" fail to serve the public for whom they work and often cause continuation of past practices of discrimination and lack of inclusion.
Less time is devoted to Team Work, supporting others in achieving goals, with more time devoted to those who "stand out" rather than building the skills of those "with ability" being not chosen, not selected, overlooked and undervalued.
Our educational system is based on individual achievement and measurement and so is the majority of our work evaluation.
The most admiration seems to go to the "winning team" or the "top achiever". We're not taught enough to value the experience, the "working together".
However, a few months ago when the St Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup, we saw how teamwork wins -- they were a unit, they worked together.
There were outstanding plays and exceptional players but the focus each one gave was of the group and the people who supported and believed in them.
And, today at all levels on rinks around America you'll see some young girls and young women out there, showing how they can move alongside, with and independently to "bring home the gold" as a team.
When the St Louis Blues "brought the cup home", they didn't "hide it" -- they took it and continue to take it around the St Louis area allowing more people than ever before to be a part of the "achievement", to feel "they too" had participated and "brought home the cup".
Young boys AND girls have touched, felt the pride and seen the possibilities of hard work individually and as a team.
Way To Go Blues!
Even their "image" of "Gloria" and "Stanley" sets a new level of recognition for a sports "mantra" to be shared.
One person may discover but it often takes a community, a group, a team to bring the idea to fruition.
In my current search for enlightenment in the Senior Long Term Care "industry" I believe it's not just the facilities but also society, groups and organizations and especially laws and practices at all levels that are the challenges to ensure we grow older and walk our live's path not dreading or fearing what's "to come".
I cannot look and not seek to learn when I find a problem.
It often sets me on another journey I'd not seen or preplanned but life is not always as we'd planned, as we wanted, as we believed it would or should be.
And it often brings me and those who choose to learn....enlightenment.
It's our choice, yours and mine, individually, if we accept and simply wait our turn or if we choose to recognize and shine the light for others to follow and understand.
It's when we build awareness, foster involvement and encourage action we teach a lesson and learn from it at the same time.