Stopping the loop of distressed thinking

On a pleasant spring evening earlier this year, I was walking around my neighborhood with a heavy heart. Full of concerns about national and local governments struggling with difficult decisions and taking different and sometimes opposite approaches to addressing issues, I felt anything but peaceful. Disturbing news clips of public figures verbally attacking those who disagreed with them played in my head in a stressful loop.

I could see both sides of the issues and understand the viewpoints backing them. I also appreciated those sincerely endeavoring to find a middle ground from which to move forward. It was the tone of hate and vitriol that was so distressing.

November 16, 2020

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