Truer today than ever before, and I don’t even have to begin to tell you what’s going on in the news. Many of us have come up with “coping strategies” –– running for office, attending a protest rally, connecting with kindred spirits, or just completely shutting off the news and deleting our social media accounts just to protect our inner sanctuary/sanity.
What is your coping strategy?
While trying to find my own coping strategy, I’ve come to appreciate the variety of viewpoints out there. Although I don’t want to read every retweet of something exasperating or downright fear-inducing, I suppose I should be glad for the people who are paying attention and calling out what they believe is not right.
Which got me to wondering . . . we know we can control our response to actions, but can we as an individual control actions at a global level? Is there a global “energy” field we can influence? They say that prayer works that way. And that the Lord works in mysterious ways.
What don’t we know about our world, the knowing of which would change everything?
I’m not sure what to believe, but it couldn’t hurt to start with kindness. Then, perhaps throw in a little mindfulness, tolerance, curiosity, and a healthy dose of The Golden Rule (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) . . . and see if that helps anyone (even if only yourself at first).
(Original post as reported March 20, 2011):
There is a lot going on in the news. First there was the earthquake in Japan, then it was the tsunami. Then the threat of nuclear catastrophe erupted from the reactors damaged in the aforementioned quake and tsunami. We waited for that media moment when we’d know the final outcome in the epic battle to prevent a nuclear meltdown, not thinking that anything could possibly displace this story from the headlines. Within days, however, comes news that the U.S. has launched military action in Libya.
Back in quieter, ordinary times, news organizations traditionally put together a “year in review” that aired every December, recapping the major events of the year, along with pop culture highlights and other memorable moments. Nowadays it seems that more happens in a week than happened in a year — and as more and more stories crop up, we quickly lose touch with the stories that so completely dominated the headlines mere days ago. It’s as if we need a “week in review” to handle the amount of news that used to come up in a year — some kind of wrap-up to clear the cache and give us breathing room again.
Which begs the question, is there more going on in the world than ever before? Or is this just the unintended consequence of living in the “information age” — where both personal and worldwide media spread news at lightning speed? How do we manage this constant barrage of information, this turmoil, and rise above it? How do we keep up with the news, without losing our peace of mind?
In impossibly challenging times, we can find our inspiration in that which gives us hope and lifts our spirit. Like the lotus flower, which rises out of the mud and blooms brightly above the dark surface, we too can rise above the turmoil, and find a way to flourish.