If you spend most of your time reading the news, watching the news and regurgitating the news of how horrible a job Donald Trump is doing, you are totally missing your opportunity to sow seeds of harmony in the world. And you're missing your opportunity because you are preoccupied, which means your focus is either divided or consumed in a way that is not serving your greatest good.
I can speak to this because I have been guilty of giving in to the insatiable call to over indulge in the stories that never stop, in the corruption that continues to unfold, in the racism that is indisputable, and in the excuses that are very unsettling. Like many, I have binge watched MSNBC and CNN to the point of feeling completely sad and powerless. What I can also attest to is the impact this overindulgence had on my productivity. The more I watched, the less I got done. The more I listened, the less creative I was.
Then it occurred to me, "Mischa, if you don't wanna hear it, if you don't wanna see, turn the damn television off. You have the remote control. Nobody is 'making' you watch this stuff. You don't have to know every detail as it unfolds. Turn it off . . . like now! And by the way, when did you start voluntarily participating in things that aren't good for you?!"
This was my AHA! moment. This was my wake up call. I knew better, but I also had to remember to do better. Thankfully, God always has a way of supporting us when we decide to choose better. As I withdrew from the toxicity of Donald Trump focused reporting, I turned my attention to the announcements of topics and presenters for the First ever Obama Foundation Summit that President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama held on October 31st & November 1st in their hometown of Chicago. I also watched videos highlighting the work of those who were invited to attend based upon the difference they were already making or desired to make in the world.