I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of reading, hearing and seeing bad news. The financial pages have turned into a contest to see how bad it can get in countless industries. In this kind of environment, I'm thankful to have a job, but companies expect more from those of us who are still in the ranks.
This is a fine time to have a hobby you care about or to devote time to your friends and family. There is also excitement in the air about the Obama administration and the winds of changes that will be coming. So, on the personal side, it's not all bad news and it's important to try to keep your head on straight and spend time doing things where your efforts can make a difference.
I'm in the wedge generation, with aging parents and kids that I'm still raising. Whatever happens in the office or financial pages from day to day, my family still needs me to do those little things, such as being at the dinner table to talk about our days, helping my youngest son with his homework, and watching a movie on DVD with my wife.
So, the next time you don't like the news, turn it off and pay attention to what's going on around you. You'll probably find there's any number of things you can do that will make a difference in your life or for your friends and family.