Remember the song Dirty Laundry?
“We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blond who
Comes on at five
She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It’s interesting when people die
Give us dirty laundry…
Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry
As much as I care about staying informed with what’s happening in the world at large, I also care about the state of my inner world.
Inner world as defined as my inner peace, joy, contentment, etc.
I am currently enjoying an extended season of general well-being that probably started about 2012.
2008 The financial markets and general population were wrapped in fear, myself included. We have a friend from the UK put it like this: “...the current economic climate brings a fear into every household across the globe that we might not be the ones to survive the recessions….”
2010 I remember sitting at my kitchen table with Stan. Between the BP oil spill, a supreme court ruling taking the cap off of election funding, and some stuff Monsanto was getting away with, Stan was bugging out. He cared deeply about all those issues and felt powerless to do a thing about them.
2012. I decided I’d had enough.
I was tired of feeling like someone was playing my emotions like a fiddle every time I turned on my truck radio. ( I had already stopped watching the news on TV for several years by now.)
Why should I let a few people at ABC, CBS, NBC, The White House, FOX, CNN, (who in many cases do not share my values), make the decisions as to what I should be thinking about on a daily basis?
90% of it is spin, propaganda and out right lies in the first place.
Flash forward to the present….
There are two dear people in my life currently who are in a constant state of agitation due to the news. I’ve challenged both of them they may want to step back just a wee and look at their current media consumption. What are they currently telling the rest of us we need to be locked in on? Ebola, ISIS, 2014 election dirt, etc.
I’m not suggestion they stick their head in their shell like a turtle.
On the other hand, give me a couple of good reasons to live my life in a constant state of fear, in the name of being informed.
That sounds like great use of my time and energy. (Not)
“Keep (or guard) your heart, with all diligence (vigilance), for from it (your heart) issue the springs of life).” Ancient Proverb.
I remember back in the early 1980’s being challenged by someone to pay attention to the things I gave my mind to, as in, it was possible to have some say-so in what went on in my mind.
The first time I heard that concept, I remember thinking, yea, right. I didn’t believe I had a whole lot of say so as to what went on in my mind.
I can control what I mull over.
Loved this quote by Martin Luther:
“You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair.”
View to the East out here in the Hinterlands.
Talk to me. I would love to hear your comments or questions. I can’t be the only person who has wrestled with how to keep from living in a constant state of agitation. DM