I follow the news pretty regularly, and almost none of it’s good. In fact, most of it is pretty downright horrific.
Yesterday I had some pretty bad news of my own. I lost my cellphone. I appreciate the relative inconsequentialness of that on a global level, but if you’ve ever lost a cellphone, you’ll appreciate how stressful that is – it’s like a lifeline’s been cut off. I still haven’t found it, and if it doesn’t turn up by next week, it’ll be time for that upgrade.
Anyway, last night, I came home all stressed about that, turned on the news and learned that Yellowstone National Park Volcano is about to erupt, and when it does, it may render 2/3 of the United States uninhabitable. Great.
How does one deal with news like this? News that may or may not happen, but if it does it will be horrific, but there’s nothing you can do about it, and it may not happen anyway.
I’ll tell you what I did. I enjoyed a huge bowl of ice cream and went to bed.
Well, finally there was a bit of a turnaround in the news this morning. I turned on my computer and went to my Yahoo page, which always posts news stories, and learned that a giant piano had appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay and no one knew how it got there.
Being a pianist myself, I’m partial to news like that. I thought “Yeah! Finally some news I can live with! Give me more”
Can you imagine if news like that proliferated? Like, tomorrow, four sand dunes will have pianos on them. By the end of the week, every sandbar in the Florida Keys will host a musical instrument!
The only unfortunate part was that the piano was not in good, playable condition. But I don’t care. It’s a start.