The other day someone asked me what I thought about the recent attack on a CBS news reporter in Egypt. My response was, “Why, what happened?” I should have known it was bad news.
People couldn’t believe I had no idea what they were talking about – looking at me like I was some kind of ignoramus or something. At the risk of sounding selfish, how does me knowing about this unfortunate event truly change my life? How does absorbing all of the negative headlines we’re bombarded with daily help to create and support a positive environment for us to live in?
I used to religiously watch local news programs and read newspapers to keep myself abreast of everything going on in the world outside my front door. But I’m finding that anything we consider “newsworthy” these days features garish headlines and negative stories, which seems to only add more stress to an already stressful life.
Maybe I don’t know about the sensational headlines going on every day, but so what? I can’t imagine that removing myself from all the negativity your left with after hearing many of these news stories, is beneficial to my health and mental well being.
Show me a story of hope and inspiration – proof that the human race actually cares about someone else besides themselves. Those are the stories which will brighten your day, warm your heart and often put a smile on your face.
The word “news” should not only be used to describe everything that’s wrong with the world, but everything that’s right and often goes unnoticed.