Last week I said undue worry could lead to depression and perhaps worse. This was prompted by the death of an actor. I wrote words of warning. Many sent me kind comments. I do repeat that some worry can be good. It can keep us aware. Yet too much can be harmful. If we care for one another by being alert and help them, we should.
Sometimes worry keeps us on our toes. Yet we should notice excessive worry in friends. If worry mushrooms in someone, the impact can be devastating. I wish that you and I would be more alert to others. (Maybe we should visit and not just send text messages.)
I’m really not one for television, although I have found Netflix to be guilty pleasure. Even then, I keep my viewing preferences to scripted shows or documentaries. But nothing, and I mean nothing, is more obnoxious to me than reality television. My disdain for those types of shows is greater than that of pumping gas, over-priced merchandise and inconsiderate people.
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”
If this everyday piece of advice comes to mind when thinking about your investments, then you may already understand the importance of a diversified portfolio. But even the most carefully composed investment portfolios can get out of balance from time to time.
I find it sort of ironic that “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is one of the Top 100 Banned and Challenged books from 2000-09. If you’re missing the irony, it’s because the book — one of my favorite mandatory reads in junior high school — directly deals with the topic of banning books. If you’re unfamiliar with the storyline, within the fictional world all books have been banned and firefighters burn books, rather than fight fires.