Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few days with my sisters laying on the beach and shopping. All of us have careers that are being affected by the economy in one way or another. We decided at the beginning of our trip that we would not read any newspapers, listen to any television, or listen to the radio during our time together. What we observed was the the beaches were full of people, the restaurants had waiting lines, the shopping mall parking lots were full! Hmmm. Where was all the doom and gloom that we had been hearing about before our trip? By choosing not to participate in the “bad news” all day long, day in and day out, we found that we were able to have a delightful few days. When we returned to our jobs, we were refreshed and didn’t feel so bogged down. I have decided that although I need to be informed with what is happening in Hutchinson, MN and the rest of the world, I’m not going to participate in all the “bad news” all day long. Maybe if all of us did the same, the media would have to knock it off! Ok, maybe that won’t happen, but I know how I will spend my time.