32 Where do you look? 21 Apr 2020

I have no use for newscasts showing major fires. That information is useful to the fire department, but it does nothing to enrich my life. Let us shift our attention away from this kind of news. This suggestion is not the opposing and condemning protest we left behind in the last article. Instead, it is about redirecting away from collecting and preserving all the unhappiness of the world.

Paris was well rehearsed to minimize the tragedy at Notre Dame. Let us not fall into a syndrome of self-pity over our losses. There is encouraging balm to be distributed; there is positive mental attitude to be shared without being overcome by spiritual smoke.

It is not useful for us to wallow in what is wrong. News of tragedies is not character building. It is a waste of time for non-professionals to watch burning buildings, natural disasters, and crime reports. In the absence of positive suggestions, constantly dwelling on shortcomings distracts attention and saps energy.

 On the other hand, we take strength from learning about scientific breakthroughs and personal development successes. This is the news we follow. Awareness encourages progress as we identify with successful efforts. Our future stands in contrast to the imperfect past.

 I am not entertaining my readers with Pollyannaish fantasies. Instead I am vigorously redirecting awareness from the bad that we replace to the good that we reach. We do not climb up by looking down.

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Last post we redirected attention away from opposing. Today we redirect away from collecting and preserving unhappiness. The next post in the series explores why our direction or redirection matters.

Yesterday I entertained a fresh thought about the current pandemic. Maybe I will slip it in between topically sequenced messages. The new thought could possibly expand to book length, because the lockdown impacts so many aspects of our lives.

There are yet other projects in the works. Isn't it fortunate to be overwhelmed by possibilities? My life is much busier than it was before I was locked out of making piano tuning visits. I'm glad you are joining my explorations.

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