In the world today it is often hard to remain filled with good thoughts, but your thoughts can affect your mood and your life and the people around you. Making the constant effort to keep a positive attitude is a challenge, but worth it.
It's a daily struggle in a difficult world to continually think on good thoughts. One gets torn to "know" the daily events of this world (and a certain feeling that you are responsible to do so). Yet with shootings, war, and horrible events that continually happen it's kinda hard to focus on the tragedies of this world and remain upbeat. Lately the political wranglings and negative hate filled rhetoric also has poisoned the airwaves more than usual. I find I have repeatedly opted out and given myself a mental break from news- whether it's the paper or the TV (which we unconnected 8 years ago). And the world hasn't come to an end because I'm not aware of it.
Yet I do find ways to cheat- to keep a general hand on the general nature of events and as a former International Studies Major I am tempted to delve in more- but for me it is an emotional struggle. I eternalize all these tragedies and make them my own. I talk with someone and I'm wanting to say- aren't you aware there are suffering people? And sometimes I get a bit of an attitude thinking- how can they be so blithe and think only of.....golf, their next meal, what they're going to buy, a holiday??? It's beyond me actually.
Anyway always striving for a balance I found getting email updates from The New York Times was a quick (unemotional update). But becoming a hermit Monk is always a temptation. I'm always asking: does my internal struggle over the pain of this world help anyone? So the former History Teacher in me tries to keep up- but more and more I retreat into peace. One day I'll find that balance- to know, yet not continually grieve, or accept not knowing.
So the other side of the coin is focusing on the positive. Knowing there are plenty of Happy situations out there- they just don't feed the media frenzy or the constant thirst among the population to be in the "Know" of all the (bad) things going on.