Change your homepage.

Today is one of those days that feels extra heavy — I think it’s the abundance of soul-depleting news headlines that I’ve read. I often try to find a decent, all-good news site to hunker down in for a while, but my homepage is set to iGoogle, complete with a clump of shocking blurbs in the lower right corner — until iGoogle goes away, that is. Before I know it, I’m waist-deep in news that seems to get worse with every quarter-hour. In the blink of an eye I’m sidetracked by thoughts of non-profits I can start to help this animal, that country, those kids or that group of survivors.

Without being too much of an ostrich, I think there’s only one solution for me: I need to change my homepage.

We’re often told of change. Change your outlook, your perspective, your thinking, your mindset, your attitude. Easier said than done. But if a small change automatically cultivates uplifting news and puts it in front of you whenever you log on for the day, it can affect all those other things. And that’s a good thing.

I’m in list-mode this afternoon, so instead of a lengthy post about something I’m thankful for, I’m going to make it short and sweet (novel ideal, I know). Since waking this morning, I am thankful for:

My morning coffee, my odd but loveable cats, for a commute that — while worse than usual — didn’t take me down with it, and for my parents’ safe arrival home after a long weekend away.

I am thankful a friend is soon to be moving home from his time on the East Coast, and for the dilemma of not knowing what to wear this morning before heading out the door. Many are without proper clothing; to have it in abundance is nothing short of a blessing.

I am thankful for a nourishing lunch in a world where news does anything but nourish the soul, and I am thankful for the realization that improving upon my choice of homepage will likely lead to improvements in other areas throughout the day.

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