Just earlier this week, it was a teenage boy in Vietnam who was accused of killing a 7-year old neighbour in order to use her gold earrings to pay for video games. Now, a New Mexico woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for neglecting to care for her 3-year old daughter, Brandi. Why? Because she was too busy playing World of Warcraft. Brandi literally withered and died from malnutrition and dehydration. Apparently there was so little food for her that she ate cat food.

Let's be clear here. Rebecca Colleen Christie let her real child die for something not real. It's easy to point fingers at her--and perhaps rightfully so--but sometimes it's easy for all of us to get so caught up in fantasy and escape that we actually begin to neglect reality.  Our family. Our friends. Our children. Our jobs. Our lives. Many of us are probably dangerously close to even the same level of addiction as Christie, without even realizing it or being willing to admit it. This is not a "Look at  what this terrible woman did!" kind of post. This is a reality check for all of us. What are we spending way too much time on without really accomplishing anything real at all? Where in our lives are we being incredibly selfish? What do we need to do about it? Be honest with yourself. And do it. Before it's too late. Before something in your life--or someone--dies.

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