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What do you do when the evening news moves from one devastating report to another? Do you turn off the TV? Leave the room? Or do you stay and watch, learn, and grieve? How much tragedy are we meant to absorb? How much becomes toxic and throws us into depression, or stagnation, preventing us from moving forward with plans for adventure, or to spend time with loved ones who live in other countries? Will we become afraid to move from the so-called security of our own small community?


The television screen displays the catastrophic scene of a plane crash minutes after it occurs. The report flashes to grieving loved ones, then to another flood or disaster in South East Asia, a tornado, an earthquake in South America, and then to a horrific fire that has levelled entire communities in the US. Our eyes well-up at each tragedy. Soon we’re a basket case of sorrow clutching at a box of tissues. We ask what we can do. Days later, we’ve given prayers and donations and become overwhelmed with angst. We’ve turned away from watching the news for a couple of days. When we finally return to watching, it’s to find another barrage of tragedies from around the world. Our heart aches. We wonder if there is some lesson we can learn from this.

How do you deal with the news? Do you turn off the TV? Put in a movie? Read a book? Or do you stay, watch and pray, and send out positive healing vibes to the universe, embracing all that life is: The good, the bad, the sad, and the joyous? Does knowing every thing that is happening around the world make your own piddly little problems more manageable? Do you put everything in perspective? Or does it just overwhelm you?

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12 Responses to World News.

  1. I can only watch the TV coverage for so long, then, for my sanity’s sake I turn it off.
    My heart aches, and like you, I send up prayers for all involved.
    Too much knowledge isn’t such a good thing for the psyche.

    • robena grant says:

      I agree, Lynne. It’s not so much the news itself, but the extended information as each report is expanded with the most minute, painful, and often times intimate details. I get the main report then turn it off.

  2. Janie Emaus says:

    It makes me realize how short life is and to appreciate what I have.

  3. Samanthe says:

    I want to stay informed, but I don’t want to have to be there for it, so I drink.

  4. Julia Blake says:

    I do think it’s important to stay informed but I get a little wrecked if I overdo it. I tend to watch the news in the morning and sometimes check-in again in the early evening. I send out prayers and good thoughts but tend not to dwell. I also count my blessings and give extra, big kisses and hugs to my family.


  5. robena grant says:

    A great description, Julia. I too feel wrecked if I watch for too long.

  6. Judy, Judy, Judy says:

    I think that the ‘news’ is largely irrelevant as most of it is scaring me in order to sell me products or ‘informing’ me in order to sell me products, etc.

    I avoid it.

    • robena grant says:

      You could be right, Judy. I know I avoid it whenever there is anything stressful going on in my life. I just can’t take that added stress. I hate any version of sensationlism. Sometimes I’ll yell at the TV to just give me the facts and move on. : )

  7. In 1982 when my three year old son was watching with us and weeping uncontrollably, I asked Barry to turn it off.
    In the past ten years the only way I get news is if someone tells me, I see a mention on Facebook, or I happen to watch The Daily Show. I am a much happier person since I made that decision and I still function in the world without the day to day trauma watching footage of events where I cannot help. I rarely turn on the TV.
    I bless all of you who can deal with that stuff on a daily basis.

  8. robena grant says:

    That’s probably wise, Susan. You’d be a calmer, happier person. I have a young friend who doesn’t own a TV and has not owned one in ten or more years.