Having lunch with my friend Jeanne the conversation was going swimmingly until she mentioned how awful it was that all those people were hurt. What people I asked her. Didn’t you see the news? Umm, no, I rarely watch the news and we never have the television on during the day; barely in the evening either…all right, we don’t watch much at all.
Didn’t you read it in the paper? Umm, no I haven’t got around to reading the paper today. She was amazed. As an avid news watcher and newspaper reader, it’s unfathomable that there are people out there…namely me….oh and my darling one too…who are less than fascinated with ‘news’.
Since she was questioning me, naturally it led me to second guess myself. Is there something wrong here? Should I be an avid news watcher too? Perhaps I ought to at least be a teensy bit interested in what’s happening in the world. I thought about it for at least twenty seconds before coming to the conclusion that the way we lived our life was just fine with me. There were millions of happy people on this earth, who didn’t watch a television or read a newspaper. And hey…I can read!
Part of the challenge is knowing that whatever we immerse ourselves in becomes a part of our mind set. Whatever we accept as true, even fleetingly, becomes part of our consciousness and will be reflected in our world in some shape or form. And let’s face it the news is rarely uplifting or positive and is unlikely to bring lovely things into my world.
I remember hearing about a newsroom in Australia where it was decided they would run one positive story every Friday. Three weeks later the idea was shelved because the reporters said it was much too difficult to find one positive news item every week. Phew. The mind boggles. Well my mind was boggled.
Did Thoreau have it right when he said: “To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea”.
Whether we believe that or not, given that our thoughts and feelings make and maintain the world in which we live it might be a good idea to be immersed in loving ideas and concepts, I know I’d rather that they be embodied in my world experience. Plus it feels so much better.
Maybe being an avid news watcher does bring Jeanne joy, in which case it’s a great choice for her. She’s my friend and I want her to feel happy.
I like joy too and the news doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure I’m less well informed than she is, but I’m okay with that. We’re all at choice…
Encourage one another.