August 18th, 2019

Reiss’s Pieces

There are so many things that can and should be discussed that I find it difficult to pick only one. And the one that I picked for today is so silly and maybe downright stupid that I should be ashamed, but you know that of course I’m not. And so here goes.


If you are like me and watch TV, it actually doesn’t matter how much, I am sure that you will agree with me that there are so many outrageous advertisements that it boggles the mind. Which makes me always wonder how many people are actually influenced by what they see.


Now, of course, I am not talking about the ads that encourage you to eat or make macaroni and cheese for your children or even promise you a better life when you use a certain soap or shower product. Nope, I am really talking about the ads that promise to help your sexual prowess, your problem with testosterone insufficiency, and my personal favorite, how to increase or improve your erection problems. How awful are these ads? Don’t you suppose that someone who has one of these problems would be better served if they discussed them with their doctors? Or maybe just not have to watch them on TV when their grandchildren are hoping to watch Sesame Street? And you, as their adoring grandparent has to take the time and effort to explain what these ads are talking about?


The advertisements that I find most intriguing are those that show a really beautiful woman, who is supposed to be talking to women like me, and she is absolutely sure that if I only use the facial cream, hair remover, soap, hair dye and hair thickener, I will look just like her! Now folks, I have never, ever been a beautiful woman or beautiful teenager. I have always been what I consider just about average. And as I look back, I can’t really remember any of my friends who were hold your breath beautiful either. Do you suppose if we were able to buy these beauty secrets when we were young, at least one of us would have turned out gorgeous? To be perfectly honest, I just don’t think so. And I can’t think of anyone I knew who had amazing, thick and shiny hair either. I did have one friend who had great long hair and although it wasn’t model thick, it was a lot thicker than mine and always looked great. I did see her after 59 plus years and although she still had nice hair, she was very upset because it was now falling out a lot faster than she wanted it to and she had no idea how to stop it. Of course, that she is now in her middle 70s like I am is probably the answer to her question. Do you suppose that if she watched the gorgeous person on TV with the thick lustrous hair she could stop age from taking its toll? I doubt it, and so does she.


What I find most outrageous is that no one tells any of us that these models are picked because they are one in a million, looks-wise. And what is worse, a lot of them are still in their teens! I know that they look older and more mature, but they aren’t, and the lights, cameras and make-up artists turn them into the advertising models that are able to sell their products. That these ads make it impossible for someone like me to look into the mirror is just the reality. But what it also does is give me the strength to resist those ads and be aware that there isn’t a product in the world that will make me look like the person selling shampoo, mascara or night cream. Once you are able to be satisfied with who you are and what you look like, you will be a much happier person.


And always remember, cleanliness is next to Godliness, and that will make your life a lot better.

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