The News Could Lead Me to Drink!
After the election, my drinking picked up pretty steadily. I would watch 3 different news shows and 3 different late night shows every day and I was watching the country spin out of control as if I was watching a train wreck. I simply couldn't turn away from it. And so I drank... a lot of wine. The wine made the news tolerable, almost comical. Then I got sober.
I don't watch 3 different news shows and 3 different late night shows every night any longer. One of each is enough for me. But without the booze, which numbs me to the brokenness of the world, my empathy is making me feel overwhelmed with all the really horrible bad stuff that's happening in our country and around the globe. I feel that it's my responsibility to keep up with what's happening so I can address the concerns of my people, but it's seriously gonna drive me to drink!
How does one stay sober in this political/moral climate? How does one keep from being overwhelmed by the hate and violence? It just feels too much and if I were ever to drink again, I don't think it would be from personal tragedy, I think it would be from watching the news and reading the papers and seeing crazy posts on Facebook. Thoughts on how to stay sober during these crazy times are more than welcome.