For awhile now, I stopped watching local and national broadcast news and reading newspapers except maybe editorials, my favorite editorialist being Rachel Maddow, who I don’t even regularly follow. I only learn anew about what’s happening by happenstance while online or when mentioned by someone I know who is personally affected by a situation, whether directly or otherwise. It’s not that I’m apathetic to what’s going on in the world, I just know I can do only so much to change things going on around me both near and afar and if I can’t do something about it personally, I never feel guilt or shame that I wasn’t able to do something to change the situation. I live by the motto that I’ve read or heard countless times since my hippie days which states “Think Globally Act Locally.” I also live my life by the Serenity Prayer which I pray daily and which states
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!
Deanna Joy Hallmark, emphasis on Joy!