Bad News Overload

Anyone who pays attention to the news is probably suffering from bad news overload. All the news seems to be bad, from fighting and death in Thailand, to a plane crash in Africa, to the oil gushing into our beautiful Gulf Coast. It is so easy to become depressed and feel overwhelmed with all that is bad in the world. How to cope?

There must be some good news out there somewhere, but in the meantime, take a deep breath and focus on something positive. It is difficult to stay positive when those around you are moping and moaning and groaning about how bad things are, but it can be done.

One day last week I saw a hummingbird nest in one of the trees in my front yard. Hummingbirds are so tiny – the nest looked like the bump left on a tree branch when a smaller branch has been cut off – so it took me a while to realize what it was. The nest itself is so well-constructed and looks like it is permanently attached to the tree; unlike the dove’s nest in my carport that looks like a bunch of twigs just piled on top of each other, and many of those twigs go flying onto my car with even the hint of a breeze. But back to the hummingbird nest; it is sculpted of feathers, leaf debris, and cobwebs. Yes, spider webs. (Did you know that spider webs are the strongest substance known to man?) I don’t know if there are eggs in the nest, or baby birds, or if it’s empty; I don’t want to disturb her while she’s there. When she leaves, it’s only for a short time, and sometimes I see her perched on an adjacent branch.

So the point of this story is that even though the news may be bad, life goes on, and there is always something positive to focus on if you look.

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Women and Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day in the US. It is a day to honor those of us who have children. But all women are mothers in some sense. We are the lifegivers, the caretakers. Let us today honor not only those women who have children, but also those women who create; whether ideas, or products, or services. We are creative and have the power to make our world a better place to live; we are the ones who care for the sick, the lonely, the abandoned, the forgotten; we are the ones who strive for new ways of doing things; we are the ones to change paradigms. We are awesome!

Prejudice

I fear for our country. There is so much hatred flying around it’s downright scary. Name calling, death threats, are all out there. If you don’t agree with someone’s opinion, that’s fine. Calling in death threats, accusing someone who doesn’t agree with you of being a Communist, Socialist, Fascist, whatever, is childish. America was built on dissent; but the climate right now makes it difficult to have a discussion or debate about anything. We all have opinions and used to respect the opinions of those who disagreed with us. Now it’s un-American, fascist, whatever, to disagree with certain people. What is wrong with these people? Are they so scared of diversity that they will kill someone who is different? What happened to cooperation and compromise? I fear the anger is misplaced and is being directed at the nearest, weakest, target. And too many people are so blinded by their anger, they can’t think and reason about what’s happening; they merely parrot what they hear from hate-filled people in the media and in churches.

God bless America. We sorely need it.