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Challenging News, Good Attitude

Frequently in life, we are confronted by challenging news. Consider, for example, going to the doctor and getting diagnosed with a life threatening illness. There is no way around it, this is unsettling news. However, how we deal with this news is going to have considerable impact on overcoming the challenge we are facing.

First of all, notice that I referred to challenging rather than bad news. The Taoist tale called

    We’ll See

comes to mind. In it, an old man on a farm in China is met with a variety of circumstances we might be quick to label as good or bad. In fact, his neighbor comments on each event impacting the old man, claiming it to be favorable or unfavorable. The old man, however, reacts to the circumstances by saying, “Maybe good, maybe bad, we’ll see.”

This story points out that when we get news, news that we commonly perceive as good or bad, we really only know part of the story. The reason is that an event, in and of itself, may certainly affect our lives yet how we react to that event is equally if not more important.

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Soft Lights, Soothing Music

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Tiny the Giraffe, a Tale

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New Year’s Resolutions: Are We Keeping Them?

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Sometimes; a Poem

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Computing 2017, Computers 2017

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Seeker’s Path, a Poem

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Ronda Rousey Should Go WWE if Finished in UFC

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Language Preference in Childhood

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Vote No to Trump: The Trump Candidacy, A Cure Worse Than the Disease

America is facing significant challenges. The nation is saddled with enormous debt. The recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has been slow. The political system in Washington has

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