Good morning. I was just reflecting on what a crazy world we live in now. We are in the middle of a pandemic, have corruption and chaos running rampant throughout our government, and people are losing their businesses, jobs, and homes. It’s a bleak time.
People are scared, angry, confused – I admit, I am too.
So, I’m doing something about my fears. I’m confronting those things I have control over. Yes, it’s a nuts world right now. But I don’t have to feel afraid of it. I’m turning off the news. I’m going to watch my local morning report which isn’t as politically motivated, nor as fear-mongering as national news. No, I wasn’t happy about the election results but since I can’t control it or change those results, I’m not going to listen to it anymore.
Yesterday, I was on Facebook and had their stupid “election results” alert popped on almost everything I read – which was maddening. So, we know that social media is manipulating what people see, censoring our thoughts, so… I won’t have anything to do with it other than business. If it’s personal, I’m keeping it off Facebook.
I choose to focus on the positive. I choose to be happy with my life. I choose to find joy in everyday things. I choose to be grateful.
You should too. Make a plan. Take a walk (where possible). Play with your kids, your pets. Talk over the fence (socially distancing of course!) with your neighbors. Read a good book. Watch a movie. Cook something new. Plant something. But turn off the negativity by turning off the news. If it’s relevant to you, you’ll probably get an alert on your phone. You don’t need to be glued to the news outlets. They have lied and spread fear for long enough.
I have a curated newsletter that runs every day and is fed to my website (Social & News Bytes). I’ve had this newsletter for years and have only had issues after major updates on WordPress or when I had to make my site https compatible (Thanks Google). So I don’t often check it…
Well, today, it published as usual and I was notified by a tweet that the site appeared to be broken, and the newsletter had no content. Major heart squeeze – what happened?!? It turned out to be an easy fix but it certainly brought to mind the need to check on the website much more frequently.
My plan, going forward is to set up alerts to let me know when my website is down and when it’s back up. I also plan to check weekly for relevant links, outdated content, spam comments (I get notices when there’s a comment but if I see its spam I just let it go until legit ones come in and take care of them then), bad links, updates, and especially after major updates I plan on checking everything right away!
So, thanks to the person who alerted me – I really appreciated it! And I’m on it!
Have a great rest of your day folks! ~Kathy]]>
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