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SoCS: Stepping Away from Toxic News

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Welcome back to our SoCS host, Linda, and thanks again to Dan for filling in last week.

Here’s today’s prompt: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-tast-.” Find a word that contains “tast” and use it in your post. Enjoy!

The first word I thought about was “fantastic.” But I haven’t been feeling all that fantastic lately. Not awful, nothing serious. But why am I so tired sometimes for no apparent reason?  I can rally to get the basics done, but sometimes I feel drained.

Sue Dreamwalker writes about how our energy is affected by what’s going on in the world, and sometimes we need more rest to cope. Maybe that’s it. I generally don’t watch much news. I’m picky. But lately, I’ve been getting sucked into the news about the impeachment inquiry.  Then on Wednesday,  I took my car in for maintenance, and though I had my computer and worked on yesterday’s post, the TV in the car dealer’s waiting room was on Fox News. It got toxic after awhile. Other people were there on their phones or with books and didn’t seem to mind. I kept thinking Fox News would move on to some other topic, but no, it went on and on with clips of 45  that one political issue.

It turned out I need to go back for two tires they had to order. The staff person asked it I wanted to wait on Monday or drop off the car. I asked her,

“Do you always have Fox News on your TV?”

“No, we usually have it on HGTV.”

“That would be better. I can tolerate the news for a little while but after awhile it gets…..”  I shook my head indicating crazy.

“I understand. There’s a remote there for anyone to use. If you decide to wait Monday, I’ll make sure it’s on something else.”

My plan is to have my husband take me to lunch while they put tires on the car. AND not to watch the news. I need to go back to being more choosy. Using the internet allows me to check the headlines, and I have to resist the urge to watch certain clips and also seek the balance of good news.

But back to fantastic. It’s related to the word fantasy. We can all use a little healthy fantasy, especially when the fantasy is about something we want to happen, and it’s realistic, or at least possible, which everything ultimately is. I fantasized about a soul mate who would be a good fit, and eventually, that’s what I got.

What if we fantasize about world leaders who have intelligence and compassion, who care about the environment and realize that it’s crucial to take care of the planet. A Department of Peace, imagine that. Imagine/fantasize/dream about a world that puts more energy and resources into peace than war. Imagine all adults acting like grownups.

I’m expecting fantastic weather this weekend. We’ll be going from the upper 90s to the 70s for a high. I bet that will give me some energy. And not watching any news this weekend. That’s my plan.

For more information on SoCS, visit Linda Hill’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/10/04/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-5-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

20 thoughts on “SoCS: Stepping Away from Toxic News

  1. So sorry about your news programmes

  2. I’m with you on not watching the news. Their job is to enhance it to make it seem more dramatic. I remember the year I gave watching it up, I’ve been happier ever since. Don’t worry, I have a hubby that keeps me informed. Hope HGTV is on when you go back on Monday! Enjoy your cooler weather, get some fresh air and soak up the joys of being outside in nature.

  3. I’ve been on and off with watching the news since January of 2017. On one hand, I want to be informed about what’s going on in the country and world. On the other hand, the negativity of current politics and President wears me out. It’s depressing. You are wise to put the news on hold and reclaim yourself in what sound like gorgeous weather. Enjoy!

  4. Good plan! I’m waiting for the fantastic weather too.

  5. I have no tolerance for news. Especially Fox. Our weather is overcast but still fantastic because it is almost 30 degrees cooler than last week. Maybe fall is finally here. Great job with the prompt.

    • Thanks, Maggie. I’ve never watched Fox news by choice. After what felt like 45 minutes it was approaching torture. Maybe writing about it helped me recover. 😉 Yay for FALL!

  6. I’d rather not watch the news and be uninformed than watch it and be misinformed.

  7. I’m also feeling drained of late. I used to be able to stay up until eleven to midnight catching up on my reading with no problem. Now, by ten o’clock, I fall asleep with the book in my hand.

    Thanks for sharing that bit from one of Sue Dreamwalker’s posts. I never considered that my “energy [could be] affected by what’s going on in the world, and sometimes we need more rest to cope.” Like, you said: “Maybe that’s it.”

    I avoid watching the newscasts on the Mainstream Media and keep informed through independent non-profit on-line publications like Truthout and Common Dreams, as well as printed publications, such as The Nation and Mother Jones.

    • Sue’s blog has been a big comfort to me, so I’m glad to pass this idea along. I listen to public radio some and scan NPR on line. Thanks for mentioning the other options. I have read Mother Jones, but not in a while. Falling asleep with a book is somehow comforting.

  8. I’m proud of you for asking about the channel! I can’t stand when I get trapped in a room with Fox news but often feel too intimidated to ask about changing the channel. It is exhausting to watch for sure.

    • Thanks, Laura. Some days I’m more assertive than others. I didn’t ask until we were rescheduling for Monday. When I went in Monday, it was on ESPN and the volume was much lower. Volume makes a big difference.

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