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Away from the News

Away from the News. 

Away from the news, a soft breeze brings a hint of coolness through green leaves.
Waves lap up a pebbled shore, constant, rhythmical.
A ray of sunlight falls on morning dew.

Away from the news, laughter echoes from gardens as people gather in friendship.
Young birds learn to fly, and feed, and hop from branch to branch.
A spider spins a web between two flowers.

Away from the news, rain falls, puddling, glittering.
A herd settles down for the night, as hot days cool and stars appear one by one.
A snowflake lands, perfect, on layers of fur.

Away from the news, a single soul walks a coastal path, like thousands before them.
Someone lies on their back and looks into the sky, clouds above, blue and white and grey.
A person pushes out a fishing boat into warm water, nets and pots piled high.

Away from the news, a neighbour brings home cooked food to another.
Two people smile at each other in the street.
Hands are held for the first time.

Away from the news, a seed falls silently to the ground in a humid, tropical forest.
A whale surfaces, breathes, and vanishes below inky waves.
A comet passes by a small planet, shining blue and green in the darkness.



4 thoughts on “Away from the News

  1. That was so gentle and lovely and a good reminder. Subsequent post on ‘ups and downs’ a bit sadder – but it’s good to feel kinship – not every day is great. Some days you can remember the herd settling down for the night and the comet. And some days it just seems like there’s no plausible future. I can’t relate to the endlessly upbeat…..

    1. Thank you Lisa 🙂 Yes, good days and sadder days and all of those in between. And trying to remember the world beyond the immediate. Yes, I’m the same. Endlessly upbeat isn’t real (for me anyway!) and I’m trying to be open about that!
      Sal x

  2. This is beautiful, thank you. The last two lines brought tears to my eyes.

    Not only beautiful but true, and a reminder that for me the news, with its endless cycle of things to worry about or to be angry about, is one of the worst distractions which cause me to miss large chunks of my life. I eventually gave up the news in all its forms during Brexit, and I had to do the same with one ubiquitous storyline over the last few weeks with all of its rancour and loathing (literally half the BBC news, for goodness sake; it wasn’t even our election…).

    There are two problems, for me at least. One is that the news is everywhere, all the time, and is hard to avoid. The second is that I’m so easily swept away by my brain’s constant internal narrative, even more so when it’s negative (which is a lot of the time), and the news generally has plenty of the negative and precious little about sunlight on dew drops, or herds settling at dusk, or whales and comets.

    I’ve tried meditation many times as a way to quiet my mind’s chatter, always failing because of procrastination or a sore back or some other reason, but maybe I need to try harder. I definitely need to get outside more, turn off the news in all its forms, and start paying attention to life passing before any more of it slips by unnoticed.

    1. Thank you Kevin, and I feel a similar pull to the news. No matter how hard I try and avoid it, or block it, or focus on everything that happens outside of it… it somehow always pulls me back in, even more so when the negativity seems to reach a crescendo. I think that’s why I wrote this, to remind me to step outside of it, even just once in a while.
      I find meditation helpful, but it took me a good year or so to really get into making it a regular thing. And now I still find I go in waves of really sticking to it, then not so much. But I try, then try again, and again…!
      I like Insight Timer as a way of getting into it. It’s free and there are lots of different things to try. I like Andy Hobson’s meditations on there.
      And I agree, outside is the key. I found walking the same few places throughout the year has helped me realise that life goes on, seasons still pass by, days rise and fall. And it’s something that happens without our control, no matter if the news is good or bad. And I found some comfort in that, somehow.

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