I don’t listen to the news. I really don’t. Yes, I might hear something “news-y” on NPR when I’m driving from point A to B, but I don’t read the paper or watch the news on TV. I’m sure some people think I might be “missing out” on something or won’t be “informed” of an important issue going on. But so far, the lack of news in my life has not been a problem one little iota.
In our completely connected 24/7 world, I can get information any time I want in a number of ways. I can find out almost anything that’s happening most every place, but why?
I’ve got my own life to live right here where I’m sitting, in this moment, on my back deck. Yes, there are crazy things happening as I write this, but I’m not where the crazy stuff is. I’m here. And if I wasn’t sitting here and was watching the news instead, I’d be completely missing the 3 hummingbirds flying around our feeder. Watching them chase each other through the trees, hearing the hum of their wings as they wiz by, trying to figure out what type of hummingbird each is based on its color.
The war in Gaza doesn’t concern me. See? Just because I’m not actively paying attention to the news doesn’t mean I don’t find out about things.
And that’s my point. The universe has an amazing way of informing me what I need to know when I need to know it. It never fails.
There are a bazillion things I will never hear about. And that’s okay. My job is to be present in my own life. And I can’t do that if my mind is thousands of miles away in someone else’s war.
This also goes for my next-door neighbors. If I’m worried about what they’re doing then I’m not present for my own life.
I’ve got enough going on in my world without having to worry about everyone else. How about you?
Try just two days without the news and notice what's different for you. Leave a comment on the blog below, or email me, email@example.com.
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