We need to focus on important things in life

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the pressure put on me by society, pressure put on me by TV commercials to buy cars, beer, soft drinks, snacks, toothpaste, car insurance, life insurance and many other various items I may or may not need.

At times the commercials, either on TV or radio, seem nearly as long as the program itself. Then there’s the expectations thrust on me by friends, family and others to drive a new car, live in a big perfect house with vinyl floors and a perfectly shampooed white rug plus a lighted toilet seat.

And maybe also two extra houses-one on Maui; the second maybe a cabin near a ski resort.

I mean, isn’t the pressure society puts on us crazy?

I wish I could turn a switch off and focus on the important things in life: my wife, my kids, my grandkids and the book I’m writing. In other words, the things that make me feel happy and useful.

But I’m still being practical and doing a little reading now and then: the Bible, Newsweek and, of course, last but not least, The Herald.

Rick Bell

Arlington

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