I work as a captioner for the deaf and hard of hearing. A lot of my work is captioning newscasts.
As most of you know, the news is like 90% negative stories.
Shootings, murders, disasters, assaults, robberies, international strife, health scares...
This is what I listen to for sometimes six hours a day, writing it as captions for people to read about how apparently terrible the world is.
My approach so far has been to tune it out and do my job. It's just so dense with suffering, and often offhand about it.
There's sometimes some very hard things to listen to, like 9-1-1 calls.
It seems like there's a real opportunity for practice here, especially since I spend so much time doing it for work.
I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions.
Please take the above post with a grain of salt.