Glug, Glug, Glug … the vile evil flowing from around the world, revenge, fear, hatred, war, pillaging, rape, mutilation, political discord, all the negativity and selfishness … I am drowning! I have been sucked right into the vortex of darkness and I need to escape! Beginning tomorrow, for 30 days, I am going to focus on only what I am able to effect … I am turning off the morning news, the afternoon talking heads, the evening recaps, the headlines … I am not advocating a return to the tune in, turn on, drop out mentality of the 60’s but I desire escape from insanity and return to peace in my heart and in my mind. In Stephan Covey’s book The 7 Habits he teaches of the circles of concern, influence and others added the circle of commitment. My circle of concern has expanded to the whole world; terrorists, illegal immigration, idiots in congress, senate, and the president, socialism in America, drug cartels and war on the boarder, financial crisis, global warming or not, the disintegration of civility, scandal and lies and homelessness, and hunger, antisemitism, anti-Christianity, or political correctness and it’s taken over my thoughts, fill my dreams, and makes my stomach ache. All of these concerns and I feel powerless causing further anxiety. My circle of influence? It’s rather small in the warp and weft of life …myself, my family, some friends. My circle of commitment? I will focus on the positive and live looking for the light around me. For the next 30 days I will change my focus from the negatives and toward the things I could affect around me. I can increase my recycling, truly begin to compost, work in my garden and share the harvest. I can continue to reach out to my family in support and love, I can talk to my neighbors to build stronger community, I can be grateful for all the abundance and love that is around me every day, And I can pray, I can pray for peace, hope, and light to be brought back into my life and the lives of my family, friends & neighbors, and our country. 30 days.