Sunset on Silver Beach, St. Joseph / Cindy La Ferle
Every day this year, I’ve been reminding myself to limit my intake of news on current events. Despite our ongoing national turmoil, I keep looking for all that’s beautiful, respectful, compassionate, wise, and loving. I try to block out (or avoid) anything divisive, combative, abusive, or hateful.
In other words, maintaining my optimism is now a challenge requiring daily discipline and discretion.
This means that my world has become deliberately smaller; more curated and contained. I find myself drawn to films, books, TV programs, and social situations in which people nurture and uplift each other. I draw closer to friends who think fearlessly, act kindly, live creatively, give generously, and share a more hopeful view of our future.
But sometimes, like this morning, I turn on the television and learn of yet another mass shooting — yet another national crisis that fills me with dread and sadness. I know this too shall pass, as surely as I know that nothing will be done to change it. Right now, I’m struggling hard to believe that the world is still a beautiful place. ~CL