I cannot keep up with the cyclone of news coming at me these days. And what’s interesting to me is that I really can take in a lot of information, almost like a sponge. So when I’m completely full up, you know there’s a lot swirling.
Since I was in Utah over the last week (during the Inauguration, thankfully), I was involved all day, every day in client stuff and didn’t have time to sit in front of my laptop lapping up every morsel.
(And really, don’t I have better uses of my time? Yes, I do. Do I do them? No, I do not.)
It was during this time I realized how damn addicted I am to my news/analysis shows (The Young Turks) and online commentary since I was jonesin’ for them by the end of the day.
I suspect all of this is – for me – a distraction. It engages my mind, I can easily go into outrage and then I don’t “have time” to do stuff on my business. So convenient. Especially when I’m in SPIN mode where I don’t know what I’m doing or how I want to do it.
Also, I have entirely TOO MUCH information coming at me from various courses I keep signing up for. It feels like I am drowning and I just can’t keep up.
I think it’s time for an online sabbatical. (Even ONE day would be difficult for me. Sadly.)
What I might have to do is pare down the number of political pages I follow where the outrage is amped up (warranted because of insanity/corruption/fuckery in the White House).
I follow a few that talk about taking daily action and I have called my asshat Teabagger congressman’s office on the regular, written letters and done what I can. I have connected with the Queen Anne’s County Democratic Party and will attend their next meeting. (They are slow as molasses addressing comments on social media. Maybe I can help with that part.)
But me drowning in every minute detail of what Trump is doing is not helping me or anyone else. I am not effective from that place of constant “Look! Squirrel!” energy.
It’s time for me to focus on what I need to do, do what I can on issues that are important to me and ways I can best offer my services and get back into my business.
Speaking of which, how did I lose my way? (I listened outside myself is what happened.) I want to fold the Prince work into my site (I suppose I’ll keep the Purple Saturation site still separate for now) and get my damn self out there. The Be Who You Are stuff came flowing out so naturally and the LisaMW stuff is just stuck. (I know. I know.)
Bottom line: Get your head out of your ass and back in the game. Ignore the Trump outrage, do your part and get off line for parts of the day. (Ugh, I love and hate routine.)
How are you all doing? Gal? Kwiz? Jody? Fill me in!
I am devastated by Rump. I had a very tough week after the inauguration, in part because I missed the D.C. march. Given that I LIVE in D.C., I felt terrible that I chose to stay in Florida for a family gathering — I have to forgive myself, of course, but it was tough. Psoriasis exploded briefly, but I’m back on track with that, I think. Please, please, please, show us how to close him down, guides and angels.
Because I came unglued at Kellyanne’s “Alternative facts” interview, I’ve been on a news moratorium. I’m watching puppy cam live streams. I watch the evening news on mute during Trump segments.
PS–I blogged an old prompt of yours: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2017/01/ten-things-tuesday_24.html
I came by here today because I had the most awful nightmare last night about Zippy. I fell asleep with the TV on, which could have had a negative impact on my sleep and dream contents. But still. Give Zippy an extra cuddle for me. I worry.
I’ve quit watching MSNBC in the morning and CNN at night. Now I get 45 mins. of national news from The Today Show and then they’re on to a cooking segment. I’m happier. Whenever I see Trump, I see him mocking that disabled reporter and I think of my uncle, who had Parkinson’s, and I get so fucking upset. So I try to limit my exposure.
What I worry about is becoming like I was in the 1980s. Don Henley could have been thinking of the Reagan-era when he sang, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance.” There has to be a middle ground. So I think less than an hour of news in the morning, and local news at night (Chicago Tonight on PBS is so good) and I’ll be a well-enough informed adult.