When I decide to give the news channel a moment of my attention…

…it’s usually when I’m not home and it’s already on.

I don’t say, “let’s see what’s happening in the world today.”

I say, “let’s see what they want us to know.” What commotion are they scrambling to be the first to tell us? What are they selling? What do they want us to get behind?

Because isn’t that more true?

Positioned that way, I receive what I hear much differently than when I used to actually turn it on to stay informed. I have learned that keeping it off doesn’t make me any less informed; in fact, I feel more informed somehow. Less fearful, more hopeful. Less commotional, more connected. Less in a trance, more in reality, more life-enhanced, and informed.

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