You won't believe me but I have benefited so much from....not reading the news. The only news I get is on Twitter, which is fine. I remember reading a Buddhist book once which said that people should refrain from reading the news first thing in the morning. In fact, people should try not to read the news...too much. Whatever news that is important to you will come find you. When you read the news, you are mentally (subconsciously) absorbing all the negative stuff and in turn, you start attaching yourself to everything. A bad, bad thing, I suppose.
I mean, come on, let's face it, there are very few good news out there. Pictures of gory accidents, crime and POLITICAL MISADVENTURES (to put it mildly) and injustices of the world - it's all there in the papers. Especially when over here in Malaysia because as we all know it, there are very few truths in TheStar. So, I have stopped reading it altogether after Bersih 2.0.
I am glad I did. It's not that I want to run away but for my own peace of mind, I choose to read only when I want to. And besides, through Twitter, I have all the headlines as it is. So, if it's important, I'll open it up and read it. And I have loud friends and have joined up some Facebook pages and groups, so, it is doing me well over there.Sometimes, you just have to know what's important and what is not.
So, yes. I have benefited tremendously from this.
The only problem about not reading the papers is I don't know where the sales and discounts are. Hahaha. And I miss the cartoons (and shh....the bollocks astrology too) but I'll soon find my alternative fix for that. Peace of mind above all else, eh?
Have a pleasant Saturday ahead. May all be well... =)))