I don’t watch the news. This might be a strange concept for some people – they wonder how I cannot want to know what is going on in my community or nation or world. To be honest, I do want to know what’s going on but I don’t want to hear about someone who got robbed or raped or killed. I don’t want to hear about a hurricane that killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars in damage. I certainly don’t want to see images of horror in real life. Mind you, this does not mean I’m trying to pretend those things don’t happen; I realize life happens and that there is good and bad in that.
What do I want to hear, then? I want to hear about people who help other people. I want to hear about what I can do to help, whether it’s sending clean, dry towels to the SPCA, donating my time to help rebuild a house or say a prayer. The “news” should show more positive stories and when bad news must be shared, it should be shared with a gentle, genuine concern for who or what it effects and information about how to help – how to turn the negative news into a positive outcome.
I believe we can all be better people. I believe that if we surround ourselves with positivity, compassion, empathy, love and humor, we will all be happier people, too.