In our fast paced, meet-the-deadline world we live in today it's no wonder the effects of high blood pressure are so prevalent. Combine that with the daily dose of violence and mayhem appearing on our TV screens and you begin to get the picture. Add this to the pile: mortgage payments, car payments, tuition payments, kid's extracurricular activities - it all amounts to a heaping pile of stress.
That's why you want to set your sights low in life and before you undertake anything else make sure you can devote 10% of your waking hours to strenuous exercise. Who gives a *(^)&) about that big sceen H.D. T.V. or that microwave oven?
Some people don't do well by setting their sights too low. Some are driven by an insatiable appetite to do better, to reach higher, to attain a certain level of achievement. Isn't that what they push on you as you go through grade school?
"There's room at the top they're telling us still." John Lennon
The status quo just don't cut it for some. The HDTV is the least of your worries. That's just a perk of overachieving, along with the big house, nice car and trips to Hawaii.
Now where did I put those blood pressure pills?
For the record JLM, I own a $30,000 house in NL, a shytebox for a car and I've never been to Hawaii. I have, however, been to Jasper. No keeping up with the Joneses here. The money I saved on buying the 'monster' house I put towards a HDTV. Am I still overdoing it? Don't think so.
The issue is not about money but it's about the expectations that are required of you in the workplace. Especially when they lay off multiple people and expect those left behind to pick up the pace so the bottom line is still maintained. That's where the stress comes into play.