I had been delightfully “off the grid” for 48 hours when I got back to work this morning. After coffee and a healthy volley of emails, I checked in on the state of the world for the first time in two days via the local news.
TAXES ARE GOING UP!
STOCKS ARE FALLING!
GAS PRICES ON THE RISE!
ROOFS ARE FALLING DOWN!
Good lord, really? Do you have to be that loud?
We all know the world is in dire straights.
We know that if our roofs don’t collapse this winter we can be sure our homes will flood this spring.
Yes, so-and-so doesn’t agree with so-and-so, and obviously the only solution is genocide, nuclear retaliation or civil war—my god is better than your god BANG!
Of course taxes are going up—Ben Franklin could have told you that 200 years ago—and guess what folks…we are all going to die of something!
But do you have to be so loud about it?
When I started to feel a little anxious for no reason other than reading headlines, I knew I had forgotten my rule. Gleaning the news is like looking at the sun—wear protective eyewear and don’t watch for too long. Really, all you need to do is make sure there are no incoming asteroids, invading armies, or impending hurricanes, and you’re all set for another 24 hours.
Just do good work.
Be kind to your neighbors.
Laugh and sing and dance.
Love the ones your with.
And TURN DOWN the volume.
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Photo of Jonathan Winters from the 1963 classic movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.