I very rarely listen to or read “the news” from traditional channels. On average their news stories are far too negative (and often politically motivated and slanted) for me. I focus on the positive by investing time to read and follow upbeat blogs and other sites. They are far more likely to inspire me to continue making positive changes than reading or listening to all the negative news about all the bad things happening in the world.

When I experience “news” I rarely feel love and connection, but when I experience posts from or about kind and humble people, my heart heals and my spirit soars.

With Love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Choices

  1. Val Boyko says:

    News has become media. Media is about ratings. Ratings are about manipulating the audience to tune in. What hooks us? Drama, insecurity and fear.
    I’m with you Russ. It has become toxic to be around for long.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your insights, Val. I agree. I’ve also heard some people say they watch the news because it reminds them that compared to a lot of what is going on in the world their lives aren’t so bad after all.

  2. Kristi says:

    YES. I also avoid news and all negative vibe TV. I think we tend to underestimate how negative news affect us. Just like you I rather read positive blogs, watch or Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday…..or read one of my go to books by Mark Nepo. 🙂

  3. Amen to that. The only time I hear any news broadcast is in the car and I don’t drive that much.

  4. I am with you. In fact I have told my family to let me know if a war breaks out, if the country goes bankrupt or any other significant happening as I have stopped watching or reading the ‘news’.

    • russtowne says:

      That sounds like a great plan to me. I figure one way or another I’ll hear if the news if especially bleak, but otherwise I have better things to do that have someone jam down my throat their version of the going to hell in a hand basket.

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