Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Is It Really News?

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.

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