If times seem tough, it's because we're exposed to much more information than all our combined predecessors saw in their lifetime. Poet Thomas Gray once wrote, 'ignorance is bliss' and while that doesn't sound responsible in today's world, doesn't it sound tempting to act like an ostrich with his head in the sand?
How about these suggestions? Do you think they might work?
17 ideas for blocking out the negative noise
Could you cancel your cable?
Hide your Smartphone? (Once you've picked the kids up from school)
Stop your wireless?
Toss the newspaper subscription?
Move off the grid?
Hike a giant mountain without cell reception?
Start a photo journal using a real camera?
Fly to a remote part of the world? (Enticing, huh?)
Visit a senior center where Twitter refers to the sound of a pacemaker.
Leave phone at home while feeding/cleaning up after the homeless?
Volunteer for the Thanksgiving Parade?
Join, or at least visit a monastery?
Teach someone to sail and avoid busy ports?
Host a craft class--allowing only emergency interruptions?
Teach scuba or take lessons. It's so quiet down there.
Hammer your own noise for Habitat for Humanity.
Plant vegetables and watch them grow in a community garden?
The point I'm making is that by helping others we help ourselves and in the process we clear our minds. Of course, you could also go for one of my favorites, which is to just barricade yourself in a room full of wonderful books!