I came home tonight after a long, satisfying day working in my private psychotherapy practice. There were many meaningful moments filled with honesty, struggle, compassion, celebration, and hilarity. It was a good day, and I felt honored to have participated in these moments with clients. I arrived home to a roaring fire, and a wonderful dinner cooked by my husband and son. There was some earnest conversation, then a decision to check out the evening news. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!! In less than ten minutes, a story about a Maine mother awaiting DNA results identifying the possible remains of her daughter likely slain by a N.Y. serial killer, the discovery of two human skulls on display in a box on a Boston street, the testimonials of the victims of the madman who “unsuccessfully” gunned down a Florida school board and shot himself to death, the suit against B.P. for negligence in their drilling, resulting in 11 deaths, lowered questionable standards for lapband surgery driven by profit, etc., etc., etc. In less than ten minutes, the warm, cozy feelings vaporized by horror and trauma. Conclusion? Be smarter, be more self protective, and beware of the news!
Good night and good luck,