Part of me wishes I could turn off the TV and the internet and hide under a rock somewhere just to avoid bad news. It’s been overwhelming and I don’t know if it feels closer to home because I live in the States now or if it’s because I am a mother or that I as I get older I simply witness more. I’m sure the barrage of media coverage doesn’t help. There seems to be no escape and I am not even sure there should be.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the world seems to be going through a bad patch with disasters and poverty and wars, but I’m not sure it’s any different to the way my Grandparents must have experienced the world in the 30s and 40s. The difference might be that they didn’t know everything and they didn’t hear about it immediately and then again and again and again – the same sad message in 30 different ways within the space of a minute.
So today I want to share a few things that are making me cry – but in a good way. Reminders of kindness and sunshine and color.
- This video from the Dove Beauty Campaign – you are more beautiful than you think you are
- Reactions to the Boston Marathon tragedy that are giving us hope (sharing the good)
- This photo project that reminds me of how much it means to record my children with photography.
- TULIPS!! (a lot more photos coming… I mean A LOT).
I feel the exact same way! I’ve pondered this thought many times recently. Can you imagine if there were cell phones & the internet & live video feeds for us all to view during the carnage of WWI or WWII or Vietnam or Hitler’s Concentration camps or the great influenza or the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on both cities in Japan? How would the world of reacted to seeing those images & reading those stories? I’m not sure if the world is more violent now than it was 80yrs ago or not. But the fact we can instantly know through the media that a earthquake just happened in Indonesia on the other side of the planet killing 8,000 people or that someone in Siberia is trapped in a mine shaft or that Lindsey Lohan is back in jail again…how much information is too much information? The frustrating part to me is that 99.9% of the “news”, especially the bad news (which is typically all that is reported) there is NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT! It has no impact on my daily life, but if we read it, consume it & think about it, it can have a large impact on our personal psyche in a negative way…if we allow it into our minds in the first place.
So with that all being said, I choose to think & read things that are mostly positive and I avoid the mainstream media barrage of glorifying the horrors of the world if I can help it at all costs. Thanks for your post! 🙂