Monday, August 11, 2014
Working at a television station is an interesting experience. One thing I didn't realise is how much news I am exposed to, until last week. I have a TV that I can see from my desk, and throughout the day I am unwittingly exposed to so much news from around the world, as I watch bulletin after bulletin. I love being informed, but after a while it can get too much.
Last week was quite a week: ebola, earthquakes, Israelis, Palestinians, Marikana commissions, Oscar Pistorius, missing planes, senseless murders... the list was way too long. Overwhelmed by it all, I was feeling pretty anxious about life and my safety. The world can be a scary place. People do bizarre things. Never one to call a spade a spade the first time, I ended up processing it through a series of nightmares.
I gym in the (very) early hours of the morning, and found myself in the middle of a fitness class feeling very strange after a night of weird dreams. The instructor, Jane, came over and asked me if I was okay. Picking up my distraction, she could sense that I was a little off kilter. I nodded and carried on. At the end of the class she came to me and just said, "today is going to be a good day."
It was a fantastic moment. It really shifted my perspective that day and allowed me to release all of that stress and anxiety. I was reminded that we really do get to choose our outlook each day, irrespective of all the the things happening out there - things that we can't control. It reminded me of one of my favourite Dolly Parton lyrics, "Well we're so consumed by the fear of dying; the joy of living is lost."
We may live in troubled times, but that doesn't mean that we can't enjoy the fact that the best days we have ever known are the ones we are living right now.
Thanks for the reminder Jane!