There is a constant battle for our "mind-share".
The news/current events not only "inform" us but also give us something to worry about.
Even if there is nothing bad happening in "your town" the media will report on the murder rate in a neighboring town. If it's a real "slow news night" they'll talk about something that took place across the country or around the world so much so that you will forget NOTHING actually happened to YOU.
There is always something for you to worry about. ( A new flu, unemployment, falling housing prices, civil unrest in other countries, earthquakes, inflation, oil prices going up, oil rigs exploding, plane crashes, crime, political gridlock...etc)
Many of us start our mornings off listening to news in the car on the way to work and we watch it just before we close our eyes for the night. In addition to the news most of us know of a friend, family member, or co-worker who is going through a hard time and it resonates with us.
Empathy is nothing more than "imagining" ourselves being in another person's shoes!
Your pain becomes my pain and vice versa. It’s human nature to empathize.
Several years ago a girlfriend and me along with another couple rented a cabin up in Big Bear Mountain for the weekend in Southern California (no radio, no television, no cell phones).
In those days we had an old cassette player which was used to play music we had on tape.
We romped around in the snow by day, cooked meals, lit the fireplace, played board games and cards as well as drank our fair share and laughed quite a bit.
Although we were only gone from Friday to late Sunday afternoon it felt like we had been away from the world for at least a week. Everyone commented on how rested and refreshed they were. Essentially it was a major “time out”.
My mind felt a sense of shell shock once I came down from the mountain. It seemed like the news was full of negative stories, sports results, stock market losses, and entertainment scandals..etc
I believe it’s necessary to stay informed but I also believe it’s healthy to “check out” every now and then in addition to looking for positive things to take in. Most of the things we worry about never happen!
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom