by: Dr. Freddy Davis
Ah, the couch potato, that icon
of American pop culture values. Isn’t that the life? Why would anyone want to
exert extra energy to be productive when you can simply plop down on the couch
in front of the telly and enjoy all that delicious snack food and a cool one.
Why worry about a yard that needs mowing, a sink full of dishes or that
overflowing garbage can. They will all be there tomorrow or even next week -
you can take care of them then, or not.
There are more important things
to do. On TV there are all those fantastic game shows, ball games and sitcoms.
Oh, those beautiful sitcoms. You can, literally, sit there for hours and be
transported to an altered state of consciousness where you can laugh and cry
and be entertained and not have to do one little bit of thinking the whole
time. And don’t forget those great video movies. You can transport yourself to
become a great athlete or movie star, and can even fall in love or feel a whole
range of other emotions without ever having to risk danger or heartache. What a
Then there is the great food.
Everyone knows that the best food in the world is snack food. It is virtually
drips with the tastiest greasy stuff you can find. And there are dozens of flavors
of chips and all kinds of frozen pizzas and other tasty things you can just
throw into the microwave during a commercial. Then there are all the sweet
snacks. My favorite has to be Zebra Cakes, but who could turn their nose up at
cookies, cakes, pies and candy. And the drinks - ah yes, the drinks. There are
so many flavors of canned soda these days that you could have a different kind
every day for a month - and so many are low calorie. That’s so great because
with all of the calories you save drinking those, you can grab a couple of
extra slices of pizza.
Of course there are a couple of
minor drawbacks. Being a couch potato may cause you to gain weight and suffer a
few health problems that go along with that. And with the lack of exercise you
might end up being a bit weak physically. And of course, with all the TV
viewing, the mind gets a little numb. But what are a few minor irritations
compared to the overwhelming happiness that allows you to sing “Don’t Worry, Be
Happy,” even in your sleep.
But I’m really afraid of what
might happen in the future. The fantastic lifestyle of the couch potato may be
under attack. I heard that there is a lawsuit coming down the road where some
folks are suing fast food establishments for making them fat. When I first heard
about this I was sure that I heard wrong. These people who are suing must,
themselves, be couch potatoes. They seem to have all the characteristics of
people with a couch potato lifestyle. Somehow, someone must have paid them off.
Or worse, they somehow got turned by the enemy.
I don’t think they realize what
is at stake. What if they win? Sure they might get some money, but look at what
will be lost! First, fast food establishments will have to give up serving the
really good tasty fat filled stuff. In the future everything will be veggie
burgers and salad with lemon juice dressing. But it won’t stop there. When the
fast food companies are conquered, they will move on to the other food
manufacturers. This is where we really get killed. Frozen pizzas with no fat
cheese (Have you ever tasted that stuff? All I can say is “plastic.”), chili
with soy burger, turkey dogs, popcorn with no butter, candy with that bitter
tasting artificial sweetener, non-fat yogurt ice cream! AAAGHHHH! It is enough
to make a grown man cry.
The result of all this will
completely take the pleasure out of couch potatoing. With none of the fattening
food around we might lose weight. We might have so much time on our hands that
we get bored and start working around the house. We might start working out. We
might even actually get a job and lead a productive life. Woe is me, what a
miserable existence it would be to have a trim body, a clean house, and a
productive office. What is this world coming to?
About The Author
Dr. Freddy Davis is the owner
of TSM Enterprises and conducts conferences, seminars and organizational
training for executives, managers and sales professionals to help develop
greater effectiveness and productivity. He is the author of the book
Supercharged! as well as the Nutshell Series of books for strengthening
business. You can visit the TSM website at www.tsmenterprises.com, or you can contact Freddy directly
at 888-883-0656 or email@example.com.
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