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If It Is Bad News, Don’t Tell Me

Don’t Tell Me

I can not handle the stress like I could years ago. When I had children in the house, I was unflappable. Now I just do not want to hear it. There is nothing I can do to rectify the situation and all that happens is that I get upset. Please, just don’t tell me.

That mantra works well for me. I want to hear bad news if I can do something about it or if it drastically affects my life or the lives of my loved ones. However, bad news for the sake of bad news does nothing for me. I just do not want to hear it.

I have a friend who quit watching the news. She said all it did was upset her and there was nothing she could do about it. When she got the bad news that her granddaughter was in the hospital, she rose to the occasion. This was not good news by any stretch of the imagination but she was went to show her support. She knew her presence would give others strength and that gave her courage. She said if she could help, then tell her, but if there was nothing she could do, then don’t tell her.

It is difficult for the younger generation to understand this. They get their news daily from the internet and usually it is not good news and probably just false. News outlets do not get viewers by telling the good. Many people revel in hearing bad things. Not me, just don’t tell me.

You should always focus on what you can control. Pay attention to positive stories. Watch the news for new innovations. Focus on the heroes of every situation. They are there. Sometimes you just have to find them. If you must hear bad news then consider the good that may come of the situation. If you can not find anything good, then list five things to yourself that you are grateful for today. Talk candidly to a friend and get bad news off your chest. Listen to good music and then try to smile. Often your show of support to those who have to endure bad circumstances will do more than you can imagine.

 

 


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