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Keeping Calm

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I’m trying to keep calm and carry on. In the past, my prescription for maintaining a positive outlook about the world included turning off the broadcast news. I would, instead, get news from sources which allowed a choice over the content. I could pick what I allowed to infiltrate my thoughts. That involved scanning headlines of online publications or perusing the local paper at the day-job.gnews

It’s not working so well for me anymore.

There are less and less headlines that don’t have something to do with a certain kleptocracy in process.

Now I am struggling with the option of isolating myself completely from the news of the day and focusing on whatever positive happenings I can cultivate from my immediate surroundings.

I can choose to associate with healthy people. I can commune with people who aren’t phobic about things they misunderstand, or are uninformed about.

But something is eating at me about a potential risk in that choice.

Should I turn my back on what is really happening in the world?

Looking back at some horrific outcomes that have played out in history has me wondering how I could live with myself if I chose to turn a blind eye in the way many others did at times when hate and fear became the rule of law.

Today, I’m sending love to those who are poor, suffering, oppressed, at risk, and afraid, even though I’m choosing to not read the latest headlines about their present predicaments.

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Written by johnwhays

January 29, 2017 at 10:45 am

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  1. Yes, John, I was thinking much like you. Can we still focus on a third way, not fuel the energy monster on the one hand but notice how he is accumulating energy and power on the other? Crazy power that isn’t going to make for a safer world.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    February 2, 2017 at 8:47 am

    • I take great solace in knowing I share a connection with you and others with a healthy, loving perspective of this world. It helps inspire me to stay after such a third way, without allowing for ignorance to the swindle and potential danger that is at play.

      johnwhays

      February 2, 2017 at 8:58 am


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