Healed of soap operas!

After many years of a business career, the time came when I could stay home. And I really enjoyed doing more around the home for my husband and myself. I also relished every moment of the quiet time alone. After about six months, however, I would occasionally take a break from my duties at home to watch television—usually while I ate lunch. Of course, a soap opera would be the perfect entertainment, or so I thought!

As the months went on, I watched more frequently, some weeks missing only a day or two. Also, I would spend time discussing the goings-on of the soap opera with friends who watched the same show. It even got to the point that I would videotape the program if I had something planned away from home. The events on the show also began to affect my emotional attitude for the rest of the day!

It became clear that something was wrong. I decided that the program was really rather ridiculous, and I stopped watching it. But that didn't work. I still wondered how the people on the program were doing—what he said to her, and what she did to him. After about two months of avoiding the show, I just casually watched it again. Quickly it became a habit.

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June 2, 1986

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