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.