Friday, January 29, 2010

Of Kevin and Jay and Conan

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands... " 1 Thessalonians 4:11

For a few years, our local morning news station (CBS) had the Why Guy. What's a Why Guy, you ask? He was a young man, with an awesome sense of humor, who drove each dark morning to interesting places here in Western New York. He'd visit shops or diners or farms or factories or unique people to explain to us, in his own quirky, funny way the 'whys' of each place. The news anchors back at the news desk would break away to Kevin, the Why Guy, every half hour, or so, so we could watch more of his interviews with the owners or others of wherever he happened to be that morning.

The Why Guy segments were popular. Everyone loved Kevin and we all enjoyed learning more about our area's history and neighbors and places we'd not yet visited.

Life was good back then.

But then, as it does quite frequently, something happened. Kevin, the Why Guy quit his job at the CBS station and moved over a few blocks away to their heaviest competition--the NBC station, where he pretty much does the same thing, except that he's not called the Why Guy. He's just called Kevin.

Boy, was I steamed at first. I called Kevin a traitor. I vowed to boycott the NBC local news and when I'd catch Tom secretly watching it, I'd ask, "How can you watch that, knowing how they stole Kevin away--and how he accepted their offer and just left his friends at the CBS news for probably money, money, money?"

Yes, I did that. Good grief. I know.

But alas, being fickle at these sorts of things, I eventually began taking peaks, myself, at the NBC morning news. Wow, those people were good. They made news fun, if you can imagine such a thing. They showed us how to save money and they did product tests with regular people in their homes and the camaraderie between the newscasters was delightful. Not to mention that they had good ol' Kevin and his fun, around-town segments, too.

Three years later, I'm still watching them at 5:00 a.m.

What lessons I learned. Which lessons would those be, you ask? Well, that Kevin had a perfect right to switch jobs. He has a right to make more money, to go where he wants, to accept any job he wants--and none of that is any of my business. Just because I enjoy seeing Kevin on tv does not mean I own him or that he owes me anything. He has his life, his choices, and I have mine. And I have no right to wish away any of Kevin's freedom. None.

Yes, the CBS local morning news suffered. They held auditions for another Why Guy, but they stopped searching--they could never find another Kevin. They fired one of their longtime news anchors which caused quite a stir (it upset me, too, because I'd sent her a couple emails--she'd read one on the air, along with 2 others from folks, and emailed me about another one. She was sweet and an excellent anchor woman.). And a recent newspaper article was written calling their present morning show and anchors, well, boring. The same article stated the other station, the NBC one, was exemplary.

Why am I writing about this? Well, this latest thing with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien got me all riled up, especially after Oprah's (rather mean) interview with Jay yesterday.

Tom and I much, much more prefer Jay Leno (or perhaps it's the Old Jay of the Old Days we prefer). We don't understand the huge majority of people who appear to be on Conan's 'side.' For everything they say against Leno, we are thinking, instead, those things about Conan.

But here's the thing.... It's all none of my business.

God has given me so many things to think about and to do and to be and to change and-- well, I've absolutely no leftover time to get all steamed up about the Leno vs. O'Brien fiasco.

Life is way too short. Other people have a right to make their own decisions. I have a right to make mine. And if never the twain shall meet, well, it's not up to me to yank them together, creating a mess inside my own head all because I could not, yes I'll say it again--mind my own business. There's no Grace in minding other peoples' personal affairs. Trust me, I know. And I only want to go where Grace is.


People who keep their noses in other peoples' business deserve the discomfort they often get by doing so.


This is my business, though: "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." ... 1 Timothy 2:1-4


Dolores Lynn said...

What a great post!

Laura said...

I appreciated your perspective (since I was kind of on Team Conan). I only have paid attention to this current event slightly, interested enough in the business law/contract side of things.

Personally, I'm a Kimmel fan. ;)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Yes! Amen!

Let's work on doing the things in our own lives that make for peaceful, quiet lives, and pray for all the world that everyone may have peaceful, quiet lives in goodness and holiness....I'm glad you recognized the insanity of letting what celebrities do wreck your peace of mind. I'm vaguely aware of the Leno/Connan thing but since I never listen to either of them I've pretty much ignored it all. Lucky me, but it's not all luck to ignore such things.

Anonymous said...

I am much obliged to you!

Saija said...

i used to watch ET ... it was my half hour of seeing how the famous lived ... well up until about the last 5 years ... then it started to seem like a gossip thing (or was it me changing) ... and then they got downright giddy at other people's misfortunates ... then i stopped watching ...

sigh ...

walking by grace - sometimes means leaving things behind ...

blessings on ya!

Annie @ View from 256 said...

As the early riser that I am, I haven't seen The Tonight Show since Johnny! However, I do have a hard time minding my own business...what things should I get involved in and what to let go?

This was a great post and thanks for all your thoughts.