To listen or not to listen

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #107: listen


Breaking News! – more bad stuff happening everywhere!

Well, technically, that’s NOT what is announced nightly from my television. But it might as well be…as an earnest news anchor rattles off the News Headlines Of The Day when the show begins. She leaves the one bright spot – a friendly citizen delivering food to a neighbor or making someone smile – for the last 5 minutes of the broadcast. Saving the feel-good news for the end.

So…I ask myself…why do I listen at all? To the TV reports. To news radio. I jokingly (but not really joking) reply…well maybe there will be a cure! a solution! a miracle! Either that’s a sign of my foolish hopefulness or unfortunate naivety. I guess I want to know what’s (mostly) going on. It’s the continuous not knowing that I find so hard to live with.

So I turn on the news and try to pick up on what positives I can. There must be something hidden between the lines to hold on to. If I pay close attention.

However…what would I rather listen to?

The sound of waves hitting the beach. It’s predictable and calming and I don’t have to pay close attention.

This video of Hampton Beach, NH is from last year. Now, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is next to impossible to access the beach in person. Too many people. Not enough parking.

I could listen to this all day.


18 thoughts on “To listen or not to listen

  1. I’m like you, hoping that if I listen I’ll hear some good news. It’s hard to come by, that’s for sure. And, I could sit on a beach and listen to the waves all day too – it’s sad it’s too busy for you to go there and enjoy it. Can you go early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the crowds?

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      1. The tourist season goes right into Labor Day – well in “normal” times it did. We’ll see what happens this year. No matter what, the seasons will change, and the photo opportunities will be there 🙂

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      2. There’s always something to take a photo of, which makes that hobby fun and challenging.
        Tourism … what’s that? My dad lives North of us and there are many cars with different license plates at the Walmart parking lot. Apparently many people believe that if you go North to the woods you’re safe from the virus?! 😉

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