When I was raising my children, I used to enjoy watching some great programs on TV. We would sit together as a family and watch Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons or Eight is Enough. If you don’t recognize those names, they were programs from the 70’s and they were wholesome, family viewing. You didn’t have to worry about your children hearing or seeing anything that was inappropriate.
Today, there is really little on TV that is even worth watching. In my opinion, there are few programs that are suitable for all ages, but most of the programs show too much violence, sex and the language leaves a lot to be desired. Our young people are learning that it is okay to engage in activities that are inappropriate, dangerous to their health and damaging to their relationships. The media promotes violence and sex as being exciting and rewarding when the exact opposite is true.
A few days ago, I was sitting with my husband watching TV. He can’t just sit in our living room and not watch the TV, so when we eat supper, I sit with him and watch a game show. A commercial came on about some marvelous product that women simply can’t do without. There was a nice-looking lady talking to a man about some wonderful cream that reversed the aging process. She even had a small tube of it that you could carry in your purse. Isn’t that great! If you happen to feel a wrinkle coming on while you are out, you can just reach in your purse and apply the cream. Then poof….the wrinkle disappears. How ridiculous is that? The problem is, there will be many insecure women who will rush to the phone to buy the product. Then when the product doesn’t work, these poor women, who are already emotionally damaged, will feel even worse believing it is because something is wrong with them. It is so sad that companies prey on weak people just to make a buck.
We should be working together to help people feel good about themselves and not be making them feel bad about their self-image. I meet so many people in my coaching, both women and men, who are so broken and insecure, that they will believe anyone who promises to fix their lives.
What are you watching on TV? What are your children watching on TV? Does it help you or hurt you? Don’t let the media tell you that there is something wrong with how you look. Instead of trying to find a magic potion to keep us younger or make us good about ourselves, we should be working hard to live a healthy lifestyle – eating properly, exercising and eliminating any bad habits that affect our health. Then we wouldn’t have as many wrinkles to erase and excess weight to lose. We would look younger and healthier and stay active well into our senior years.