I have learned that no matter how positive I am, if I allow negativity into my life, it brings me down. I talk of this often, and the reason that I do, is because I think it's so very important that everyone understands the impact that negativity can have on your mood, your actions .. your life!
In the 1970's, as a child, I used to love seeing a newspaper. It was like a glowing pot of gold to my innocent, little eyes. My favorite memories of that black and white mystery was the "funny papers." I loved using my Silly Putty to copy the funny pictures, and then stretch it to see their faces distorted. They always made me laugh. I had no idea what horrors was printed on the inside of that paper. And I never ventured outside of my comfort zone.
Today, as an adult, I find it is absolutely necessary to stay abreast of what's happening in the world. So I try my best to stay up on current events, not only in my community, but that of the world. I think it's truly important to always better yourself intellectually, as well as spiritually. The only way to nurture your intellect is to supply it with knowledge.
In nurturing my knowledge, I run across stories that are rampant across the globe, and none of which make me feel good. In the last 2 days alone, I have read stories that make Hollywood look like a walk in the park! There was a time when this sort of thing would consume me. I would be depressed all day after reading one or two of the true to life stories that were printed in the paper. I have since learned that I need to pray that the Lord will guide me in the direction of the news that will stimulate my intellect and provide me with the tools I need to be prepared in life, and help me to skip the stories that will provide absolutely nothing positive or beneficial to my heart, mind or spirit.
I now pray before I read the news, and after I read the news. Sort of a buffer and an eraser if you will. I no longer can deal with the evils of this world on my own. It's impossible to read how society has bitten off it's own nose to spite it's face. It's unfathomable that people can be as evil as they are, and walk this Earth in our own backyards. But as horrible as it all is, I have the ability to not get wrapped up in it, and so do you.
Your heart is tender and vulnerable. Supply only the needs that are necessary to thrive and nurture yourself. All else is junk and needs to be filtered out. Positive thoughts and actions are necessary for a happy life. You are the only one that can make that call, but I suggest to you all that you put down the horror stories, and pick up something to read that's going to make you smile. Perhaps it's the funny papers?