With all the sensational bad news headlines we’re bombarded with every day it’s logical to come to the conclusion that the world is in a dire state of affairs. And while we do have many, many challenges, we also have infinite opportunities and solutions. When a person like Donald Trump pops to the top of the news cycle it reveals a collective shadow that needs help, understanding and love. Not more hate. When we start shooting each other, it means we’ve lost our way. Can you imagine the mental anguish that a person must be in to act in such a way? And while it feels good in the moment to fight fire with fire, where does it lead?

I rarely watch the news. You know why? It’s distorted towards negativity because that’s unfortunately what sells. When I travel, I’m happy to have earphones at airports. Because if I am forced to listen to the recurring, recycled news broadcasts they play on the TVs I’d begin to believe the world was falling apart. The truth is, most of the world is amazing, full of peaceful lovely people. Don’t believe the sensational hype that tells you otherwise. Sure, we have challenges and I’m not a proponent of sticking our collective heads in the sand but let’s be real here. Your peace doesn’t reside in the price of oil fluctuations, stock markets, weather patterns or lost souls. Don’t believe me? Turn off your TV for a week or adjust your social media settings to disregard traditional “news” and see how much more peaceful you feel.

Lao Tzu has been quoted as saying “Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness.” If you’re interested in knowing what to do with your new found non-TV watching time this week, might as well follow this great man’s advice.

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