March 11, 2020
How do you start your day? Do you immediately go to your phone, check emails, social media and the news? Or do you let your phone sit idle while you gather your thoughts, letting your own intentions dictate the time you are awake?
For someone who has removed social media from their life, getting on my phone in the morning is one of the last things on my mind. If I check my emails, it’s to see if anything is going on at my kids’ schools. In our house, we don’t have the news on nor do we read news sites.
Ever since I was a little kid, I got this bad feeling about the news media in general. I would get an anxious feeling in my stomach and from those stories I would concoct my own set of worry. When we expose ourselves to the media, we buy into their stories.
We would like to think they are telling the truth and getting us information we need, but that’s not always the case. Stories blow out of proportion and chaos ensues. People fear that the worst is upon us and begin to panic.
Hearing the news from mass media starts a game of telephone. By the time the story trickles down to you, the words have been contorted so much the information is probably fake.
When panic happens, the effect causes people to react in ways they wouldn’t normally act. All the news wants is to have the best story, but what it does in the end is hurt people.
In our house, when our kids hear about something “big” from their classmates, I reel them back into reality to show them how one story can be taken way out of context. I remind them how we are healthy, happy and not to let others’ opinion of a fake story become our truth.
There are times when the news filters and this is when I pause, take stock of how my body feels upon hearing these words and can immediately tell what is truth and what is a stretch of the imagination.
Listen to your gut and read the facts. Don’t let others control what you know to be true.
How do you talk about what is going on in the world?