I have an unwritten rule: Never to hear or read the News before 8a.m. I don’t see any reason to. There is so much negativity, gloom, and depression in the news that you can see it written on people’s faces on the way to work. It’s as if there is a collective moodiness and irritability that is so thick that you just might drown in it. I’ve witnessed some people who have big smile on their faces, and I’m saying, “If only everyone had a smile each morning.” Even the weather forecast can bring thunder to many people.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, that same frustration that you’ve got from the news brings more stress that it follows you around like a bad smell through the day. Then to add insult to injury, on the way home you come across the headlines from the evening paper about either Interest Rates going sky high, or a rich heir becoming richer by something or the other. It’s ironic that with all the technology at our disposal that we still seem to have less time for ourselves and
Think about: when was the last time that you actually gleaned anything useful that changed your wellbeing for the good by listening to The News first thing in the morning. If anything, the negativity you pick up just causes more worry, stress and pain. I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog a Pidgin that says: “Why worry? If you dey worry, you go die. If you no worry, you go still die. So why worry??” Even Jesus Christ says (**Hey, even if you’re not a Christain or believe the gospel, indulge me by having a quick read**) in Matthew 6:25:
25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,* or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?*28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God* and his* righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Don’t get me wrong: there will be instances in our lives that we will have to go through certain trials in our lives. But why compound that trial by listening to certain events that you know inevitable happens all the time. Rather than looking at all the negativity in world, why not start by looking at the positive in our lives and be thankful. I guarantee that our outlook will change.
So, on you’re way to work or coming back, here are a couple of tips: Don’t read or watch the news. Trust me when I say that the same bad news will still be there by 9.a.m. Also, listen to some inspirational music or read something that uplifts you. You’ll also be amazed at what a prayer can do or just being thankful.
And should none of those suggestions work for you, then the least you can do is take your mind back to a funny instance and remember it. That ought to be bring a smile!
Have a blessed day, people!