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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?