Out of the loop
It’s interesting; ever since I mothballed my Twitter account I have no context for what people are stressing out about on a day to day basis. Sometimes I see vague references to a ‘bad thing’ happening and I try to figure out what’s going on.
Usually, the result is some variation on ‘jerks being jerks’ and the likelihood of real-world consequences is low. This isn’t to say that current events aren’t distressing. They often are.
I used to worry that being less informed about current events was the same thing as saying I don’t care about the world. And I felt it was important to be watchful of threats coming down the line.
But Wisdom tells me that caring about the world doesn’t require that I follow current events closely. She reminds me that my caring is best put to use in places where I have some influence. Wisdom nudges me with her elbow and whispers that most threats are blown out of proportion these days.
So, as my favorite vampire slayer once said, if the apocalypse comes, beep me! 👱🏻♀️ And as Marcus Aurelius once said, Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
It takes practice to remain out of the loop. So here I am, reminding myself to keep on practicing.