Traditional news sources report events as they happen in the most controversial manner possible. This method of reporting is designed to trigger emotional responses so you will pay closer attention to the reports. This increases market share for the news company.
Your emotional responses to this traditional way of news reporting causes stress. This stress reduces your quality of life. It disrupts your Peace of Mind on all levels including your personal life, your relationships, and your finances.
Peace of Mind News provides a peaceful response to news and life. This response allows you to observe daily events from a different perspective. This perspective reminds us that peace is possible, even in turbulent times. It reminds us that we can be part of a peaceful solution to our current situation. It reminds us that we can always choose a peaceful response.
We welcome you to Peace of Mind News and send you best wishes in YOUR Peace of Mind Journey
A Message From Matthew C. Cox, Peace of Mind News Editor
Those who know me say I think differently. They say I have unique views. They have begged me to write more often because they think I have timely things to say about current issues. They say the world needs what I have to say. I’m honored by their opinions. I respect their opinions.
Their opinions are not the reason I produce this blog.
I produce this blog because I have a need to reconcile issues in my mind so I can experience Peace of Mind. Reconciliation has always been important to me. This partially explains why I have managed an accounting practice since the early 1990s and prepared taxes for other people since high school in the 1970s. It also explains why I have an uncanny ability to reconcile checkbooks to bank statements and tax returns to financial reports. To me, a balanced life is a peaceful life and balancing the numbers on those pages allows me to explore my fascination with Peace of Mind.
Those types of reconciliations are easy compared to the reconciliations we attempt on this website. I am a curious man. I love information. I love exploring points of view that are the opposite of my current beliefs. Therefore, when I encounter something new, I explore everything I can find about it. I ask questions. I wonder if those new thoughts have merit. I ponder on the proof behind them. I determine if they resonate with me. If they don’t resonate with me, I look at why I am attracted to them and see what I can learn.
Sometimes, the road to reconciliation is a bumpy one. Sometimes, my explorations land me in unexpected and, what some would call, uncomfortable circumstances. Those are the situations where I learn the most and I must write more than a blog post or two to reconcile them. In those situations, I write a book to experience Peace of Mind. Whether writing for this blog or writing for a book, I write so I can reconcile what I believe to be true with an idea that has disturbed that truth.
Even though I write for me, I know I write for other people too. I believe that if I have a need to write it, someone has a need to read it. Therefore, I attempt to write clearly, using my understanding of grammar, spelling, and the other tools of the language. However, since I’m attempting to reconcile opposing thoughts, my writing may not be clear at times. I apologize in advance for this and I invite you to show me the inconsistencies in my writing when you see them. (Let me be more direct. Sometimes, I’m completely confused by a topic and I use this forum to figure out stuff. If you think you can help me, by all means, please do so! You’ll need to sign-in to add comments. All that requires is a first name and an actual email address.)
There is another reason I produce this blog. I desire World Peace. I prefer World Peace to World War. I believe that World Peace is only possible as each person comes to individual Peace of Mind. Individual Peace of Mind comes from developing peaceful responses to challenging life experiences. It is my intention that those who read about, write about, and discuss the issues on the blog will learn how to respond to life and news from a peaceful perspective and become catalysts for World Peace.
How to Navigate Peace of Mind News
Websites, especially blog websites, are sometimes difficult to navigate. This section explains how you can easily get around Peace of Mind News.
Each page has a menu at the top. The top row of this menu has links to each of our seven category pages. The second row of the menu has links to other areas of the site.
Each page has a category list at the bottom with links to the seven latest posts in each category.
Each category page has an explanation of why we picked that category and our perspective about it. All articles in that category may be found at the bottom of that page.
All news sites have an agenda. The agendas are usually hidden from the reader. However, as you read the stories on that site, you will discover your emotions lean a certain direction. This is by design. Those who publish news sites want you to feel a certain way about the news. Therefore, they present news stories from a certain perspective.
We have an agenda too. It is open for anyone to see. It is “responding to news and life from a peaceful perspective.” Our agenda is World Peace. Therefore, that is our perspective.
Our home page has a slideshow with images for the latest posts at the top. If you click on an image, you will be taken to the post. Below that slideshow is a list of the ten most recent posts written by the Peace of Mind News Staff.
Peace of Mind News Discussion and Submission Guidelines
Updated September 5, 2011
Our purpose for writing is selfish. It is to help accomplish our selfish agenda of Peace of Mind. We recognize that when something interests or disturbs us, it interests and disturbs other people. Therefore, we’ve left room for discussion of ideas. This website is a place to discuss those ideas while working towards discovering how to respond to them from a peaceful perspective.
We’re not into rules so we don’t make any for the discussions on this website. We only ask you to understand that our goal is to achieve world peace through helping individuals come to Peace of Mind. When our staff participates in conversations, it will be from that point of view. We do require you to either sign in through your Facebook account or register on this site with your name and email address to make comments.
Those who use this site will occasionally get emails from us with announcements about new products and services related to Peace of Mind. In addition, you’ll see ads on the site for those products. Our intent is to make it easy for you to find what you need as your Peace of Mind Journey. Our editor looked for similar resources when he started down this path and they were not available. Therefore, he wants to make it easy for other people to find them.
If you want to write articles for Peace of Mind News, you are welcome to do so as long as you understand the following:
- We do not pay our contributors. We may however be willing to include ads for your website if it is congruent with the Peace of Mind message.
- Please review the category page (you may access by the top row of the menu) to determine whether your article is congruent with the intent of Peace of Mind News.
- We request that all articles be 700 words or less. If you need more than 700 words to discuss a topic, please divide the articles into a series of articles of 700 words or less that can be published over several days.
- Please send all articles to the Peace of Mind News editor using this email link.