In driving back from San Francisco this past Monday, I realized I had a choice. I could listen to the live impeachment hearings, and be informed. Or I could make a different choice and perhaps keep a healthier psychic balance. I chose the latter.
We listened to some podcasts from the program called “To The Best of Our Knowledge.” As serendipity would have it, one of the two we had available was about hope. The other dealt with the concept of time in various cultures and periods in history. Both were educational and involving and made me feel positive.
When we came home, we lucked out again by watching the CBS Sunday Morning show featuring music around the world. Seeing an a cappella group of young boys singing their talented hearts out in the streets of Madagascar was a joy; hearing the songs of Texas birds in the final nature segment of the program was sweet and inspiring.
No, I cannot tell you what happened on the impeachment hearings on that Monday. But I can tell you a little about a philosopher of religion’s discussion of “deep hope, ” the sense of hope in Nigeria and about a Clock of the Long Now that is being created to last 10,000 years.
And I also know that when I did tune into the hearings later in the week, I was ready for that choice. I knew I could handle it with a little more strength, calm and balance.
If it is true that what we focus on expands, then I’m into expanding good thoughts and healthy feelings, especially when times are emotional and trying.
We don’t always have a choice about what is in front of us. But we sometimes have a choice about how to deal with it. When we do, I am thankful and hope I choose wisely.