Take time to smell the roses


If youâ??re a journalist working in a small market, I encourage you to take some time to smell the roses. We hear this a lot throughout our lives, but it seems once we get into the hustle and bustle of working to beat the clock every day the desire to do so falls by the wayside.

I know youâ??re working to get to a bigger market, make more money and cover some better and bigger news stories, but remember the only time youâ??ve got is now, so make the most of it. I donâ??t want to sound like Iâ??m preaching to you, but tomorrow is not promised to us.

It may not always seem like it, but Iâ??m sure there are some great things about the market youâ??re living in; the people, the local cuisine or maybe itâ??s big on history. Learn about some of that stuff and I guarantee you itâ??ll help take your mind off the fact that youâ??re going to work every day with the hope of moving on in the near future. How monotonous is that? Itâ??ll only make you miserable.

I wish I wouldâ??ve spent a little more time getting to know the small market I worked in for a year and a half; after all it was a year and half of my life. I did meet some great people though, mostly coworkers whoâ??ve become some great friends.

Part of the reason many of us get into the TV news business is because we get to live in and experience different places on the way to reaching our goals.

So again I say take so time to smell the roses, and if you donâ??t like roses, there are carnations, lilies, sunflowers; whatever you like, just make it happen.