April 27, 2009

Be the Good News You Want to Hear

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.” — Thomas Jefferson

I think I’m just about reading that stuff we call “news.”

After being bombarded by everything that’s going wrong with the world, it’s no wonder a lot of people I know have become cynical, sad, and depressed.

Heck, it’s easy to get down about it all.

It takes energy to stand. It’s easy to lie on the ground, not moving, just looking up into the sky. Lying down requires no energy, no action, no creativity. It doesn’t even require integrity, honesty, or self-respect.

My friend David has a good reason to lie down. He learned the other day that his kidneys are only 19% functional. His choices are to undergo dialysis or die, essentially. He could receive a kidney transplant, but even that’s only a temporary fix. Because his illness will kill that kidney, too, in a matter of time.

He stopped by my office minutes after he got the news. Shocked and numb, he said he didn’t know what to do next.

But a few days later, I got a note from him. “I’m not taking this lying down,” he told me. And I know he won’t.

He is consciously choosing to stand, no matter what.

And no matter what happens in our lives, no matter how much of a mess the news tells us our world is in, still we can stand. We choose. And somehow that makes a tremendous difference in what we can put into life.

Stand up. Choose. Be where you are.

Be the good news you want to read.

Exercise

Why not take a news fast this week. Forego your nightly television news, and avoid reading the newspaper. Give yourself a break from the gloom-and-doomsayers. At the end of the week, assess your attitude and level of stress.

Write about what happens!

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