Life goes on even without all the doom and gloom.
It‚Äôs official, there is no safe place to escape from the relentless chatter about our economy and what‚Äôs wrong with our country.¬† If I didn‚Äôt know any better I would think that everyone I run into these days has either a PhD in economics,¬† a degree in political science or¬†they’re a seasoned stock broker.¬† You hear it all, from issues in the White House to why gasoline is so high.¬† What we should do regarding the war overseas and how our new president is messing up big time.¬† Well I don‚Äôt know about you, but I have had my fill of all this negative talk and quite frankly, whenever it’s going on, I excuse myself for a better conversation these days.
Please don‚Äôt take this wrong. It’s not for not wanting to stay informed as I still get my fair share of current events, but even with the internet and CNBC it’s advisable to limit what you take in.¬† To prove the point that our entire culture (or most or our society) is inundated with all this negativity, I pulled a little current event¬†stunt recently.¬† When on duty, I work with 6 guys that range in age from 27-53, we’re housed in one building for 24 hour shifts.¬† Normally any room you walk into, you find one of the big three news channels on TV and at least one person hanging on every word being preached to them.¬† This absolutely drives me insane, not because they are watching this¬†stuff, but because of the fact that after they learn something new, I get to hear all about it, over and over again.
So a couple days ago I de-programmed all the news channels from every TV in our building.¬† Admittedly it was mischievous and to make it worse, I was laughing while doing this just anticipating the reaction it would produce.¬† When it was discovered that ‚Äúno news today‚Äù was in order, you would have thought we were thrust back in the stone ages and something real bad must be happening for all the news channels to be off the air.¬† At the end of the shift I admitted my ‚Äúplayful‚Äù act just to prove a point,
Nothing happened whether you are glued to the tube all day-every day…… and nothing happened while you were away.¬† I think the point was well taken even though my action did not win any popularity contest.
So how do we stay informed without letting pessimistic conversation rule our lives?¬† First don‚Äôt participate in round table discussions with others who have all the answers. It never ends on a good note and will only get you down.¬† Second continue to live.¬† Things that you can‚Äôt control shouldn‚Äôt have such power over you and your thoughts.¬† Many of us are on lockdown from enjoying life because of what we see and hear.¬† Many have literally stopped living.
My tip of the day is turn off the news and go do something.¬† Trust me the negative news will still be there when you get back, only you will¬†have had a better day to deal with it.¬† Life goes on even without all the doom and gloom.