I love to write. I love to report news. I love being creative. As editor of a bi-weekly newsletter I get to do all of the above! It’s very rewarding…it’s also challenging. It can become emotional. I’ve been read – ignored, praised – criticized, interview appointments kept – stood up, you name the situation and I’ve probably experienced it. I don’t think people mean to be mean but in this ‘hurry up’ kind of life we now live we all tend to put ‘me’ first. Contributing to a newsletter is not a priority.
I’ve just taken a month off by necessity. It’s been suggested that this would be a good time to make a change: that I go from bi-weekly to monthly. Being bi-weekly it’s a true newsletter. I report the latest news in our circle of readers. I take pride in this. Becoming monthly would mean a change in the whole purpose of being a newsletter. No one likes or needs old news.
It would become an inspirational paper. Folks need to be inspired, this is true. I would still interview and write short life stories. The pastor’s column would still appear. Prayer requests would no longer be current. Reports of current happenings would disappear. I, as editor, would lose part of my passion.
Let me review how I got this job in the first place. In our church I’ve always taught a class. I think it’s fair to say I’ve taught every age except the older folks. When I finally retired because I lacked the energy of my students, one of my pastors asked what I intended to do now. I didn’t have an answer. He suggested I pray about it because if I did nothing he feared I’d become stagnant.
One day as several of us women were visiting, the idea of a newsletter for the seniors of our church came up. It sounded like a good idea. Suddenly my friend, Joan Schloemann, stood up, pointed her finger at me and said, “Anita, you should be the one to write it!”
Oh my. I didn’t know how to write a newsletter. Well, I was literally up all night, that night, writing a newsletter! When we went to church in the morning I had a newsletter printed out to hand to Joan! Yes, this is what she had in mind!
I felt and still do feel this was God’s answer to my prayer of what I was to do next. I’m starting my eighth year as editor of Prime Time News!
When I look back at those first newsletters, I’m embarrassed. But I did my best. Later, my brother, Richard Williamson, an editor and writer, helped me make it a newsletter I’m proud of.
So here I am today and I have to make a decision. I’m really bad at making choices. I want to keep it the same, every other week… I’m not as young as I used to be…I’ll be 75 next month! If I change it to monthly I’ll be doing what someone else has suggested…
I have the newsletter ready for this Sunday. I think I’ll wait to see the reaction of folks who read it. Will they be glad to have it back? Do they care?
To be continued…