I want to be informed. I want to keep up with world events, with local news, with what's happening in the world and my world. But after being on vacation, I recognize that the constant stream of news (with so much of it bad) can deaden the soul as well as enlarge one's understanding. I enjoyed just ignoring it all for a few days.
We have to find a balance, a way to take in as much as we can to be an informed citizenry and also to take time away, too, so that we can process, or just rest, from the noise and clamor of voices. Because in the end, we need to be able to hold up the good news, the other stories of hope and beauty and goodness that are out there in the midst of the sturm und drang.
The balance is not just between work and rest or work and play but between being able to see hope and beauty while remaining clear-eyed about the world's flaws. Even an optimistic, look at the bright sider like me can become jaded and worn out by a steady stream of noisy negativity, and so I must recognize when hopelessness comes near to me, too, and recognize it for what it is.
Meanwhile, my prayers are for and with those who are suffering today, those who are scared for their physical safety as well as those fearful about their financial security. My prayers are for those who suffer loss - loss of faith, loss of property, loss of hope, loss of connection - that they may find reconciliation and restoration. My prayers are for justice and for peace, a balancing act is there ever was one.
And may we all remember that love heals.