In a celeb-crazed society, it’s easy to lose sight of our priorities.
California lawyer Lisa Bloom, CBS News legal consultant and former host of her own TruTV show, recently authored “Think,” pushing women to take time out of their busy lives to put things in perspective.
“I noticed as a TV legal analyst, I’m increasingly called upon to talk more about celebrity sex tapes and cheating, and less about things that really matter. The problem is deeper than I imagined, and it inspired me to write ‘Think,’” Bloom says.
She sheds light on ways to avoid the media frenzy.
We live in a world saturated by TV and the Internet. How can we avoid the constant pull on our time?
The first step is to claim time to think. Women and girls are so tired all the time. In [my] book I show women how to reclaim time, how to push back against the idea we have to do everything. The second step is reading. I also recommend ways to reconnect with your community.
How can parents encourage kids to disregard tabloids and media?
I think the most important thing is to be a good role model. You can’t say, “Do as I say, not as I do.” If we are obsessed with reality shows or celebrity magazines, our [kids] are going to pick up on that. We have to turn that off and keep it out of our lives. Replace it with information, books, shows that are more worthy.
What are some tips to stay smart?
I think the most important one is to read, and to read real books. Reading articles online is not sufficient. We also have to read real news. I recommend The New York Times. Too often Americans are disconnected from what’s happening in the rest of the world.
How can you get involved in your community?
Once you start becoming aware of what’s going on in your community, things are going to jump out at you. Every community has issues of homelessness, feeding hungry people and battered women’s shelters. Veterans need help. You’re going to have a hard time choosing which [issues] are most important to you.
So if you’re putting off reading a book until vacation or procrastinating to find a volunteer opportunity, Bloom urges, “Don’t wait, start today.”
For more information about Bloom’s “Think,” visit http://think.tv/.