I have also learned to limit my interactions and what I expose myself to, like news and politics. I can’t control the tragic events that occurred earlier this summer in Aurora, Colorado just like I can’t control the negative political dialogue ever present in our culture. It isn’t that I have my head in the sand either; it is a conscious choice to steer clear of events that drain me, bring a shock to my system and do virtually nothing but deplete my wellness.
There was a point in my life when I was both a news and a political junkie. I used to play this game of how fast could I “scoop up and dish out” the latest news story. I’m pretty sure I won that game when it was me who called everyone to say "Did you see the planes hit the towers?" on 9/11. When people hadn’t yet heard, I felt some weird sense of contentment being the one who brought it to light.
I am happiest in my peace-filled life without such drama associated with things like tragic news, family conflicts, work associates gossip, and our political climate. If it can make a difference and add something positive and productive into my life then by all means count me in. But if a “story” is filled with nonsense, hatred and negativity and ultimately it moves my spirit to the “I can’t take it anymore” level then I am opting out. Period. It's my choice to see the good, to see happy healthy people as I have personally witnessed enough “downers” “drama kings and queens” and “blood suckers” in my time. They wear me out, wear me down, and ultimately cause me to be more like them - frustrated, empty, and unsatisfied with life. Nothing good comes of feeling like that.
The TV is off, the news isn’t read and the music is playing and as a result, I am decidedly in my happy place. I am steering clear of, “I can’t take it anymore!”