How I focused a spiritual lens on celebrities

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You could have called me a celebrity junkie. It’s not a term I like, but on a typical lunch break at work you’d find me surfing the Internet to find articles about the latest pop singers or to get the skinny on celebrity romances. And if you tried to talk to me in line at the grocery store—forget it. I’d have my nose buried in the magazines at the checkout displays.

In conversation with friends, I would claim to know who was a better actress or singer, who was a real witch to work with on the movie set, who dressed the best. And sometimes I would whine to myself that my life didn't seem as polished as the lives of my famous “friends.”

Was I getting hooked on celebrity? Well, I sure didn't like how eagerly I snapped to attention when new entertainment headlines came up on my computer screen. And I was surprised by how caught up I was in examining people's flaws and choosing who to criticize.

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