News or Drama

I suppose it's as old as "he said, she said." Two people who have differing versions of the same incident.


Which of the following sentences is true:

  1. We heard Chris Rock make fun of Will Smith's wife.

  2. Jada Pinkett Smith has short hair (due to alopecia).

  3. We saw her cringe at the joke.

  4. We witnessed Will Smith slap Chris Rock.

  5. We noticed the sound was muted but you could see Smith saying something to Rock.

  6. Will Smith received an Oscar award.

Of course, they are all true... but what drama has ensued!


The word “drama” has taken on an interesting meaning in recent years, beyond the performance form of fiction it’s traditionally signified: “making a big deal over something unnecessarily”.


It’s about making a big production of something, when you could simply get on with things.


Interestingly, the word “drama” comes from the Greek word for “action”, which in itself derives from a word that means “to do”. And doing turns out to be the answer for unnecessary “drama”.


What’s the problem with drama? For one, as the urban definition implies, it’s unnecessary. There’s no need for histrionics when you can talk about and deal with things calmly. There’s no need to get overly emotional when you can breathe, release the tension and focus on being happy, now, in the moment.


It complicates things, makes a big deal of little things and ignores the little things that should be a big deal: simple pleasures and gratitude and the wonderful existence of life.


You see, drama makes life harder. If you lose your job, you can go into a depression (perhaps understandably) and lose your confidence and have a hard time finding a job again — often because of the depression. But if instead you stay calm, perhaps take the view that this is a fresh start and a way to pursue the dream you’ve never had the time to pursue, looking at it as a way to learn new skills and reinvent yourself … things won’t be so hard.