What if I told you that you could fundamentally and profoundly change your life with one relatively simple action? What if I told you that doing so would improve your marriage, create more time for you, your hobbies, interests and children? What if your health, mental function, and quality of sleep improved from this one action?
What if it was SO simple that you simply couldn't believe that it would affect such change in your life? What if it wasn't permanent, but rather something that you could test out without any losses? Could you let go and give something new a try?
Five years ago I fought (hard) to have the TVs removed from our house. I had no idea how much this was going to catapult us into a new existence, but I went up against two men (my husband and father) and a Noggin addicted two year old to pull it off. I took no prisoners and held my ground and each and every one of us is openly grateful that I did. My father went his own way when we went ours two and a half years ago and neither of u,s in the others absence, chose to return TV to our lives.
It wasn't the easiest thing at first. TV, however little you perceive yourself to be watching, is addictive and having effects on your life that you could not even imagine, and will have a hard time believing when you begin to recognize it's effects beginning to wear off.
I could write a huge and I mean HUGE post about what those exact effects are, but I'm kind of hoping that I don't need to. The thing is, that a life where the latest episode of Lost or American Idol (or anything else for that matter) simply don't matter is a life more fully lived.
There is actually a whole separate culture of people who do not watch TV, listen to news shows or rent movies and the things that they could tell you would knock your socks off.
Though I haven't had a TV in 5 years I have had a Netflix account for the past few months and it is that which has spurred me to finally write this post. Though I have many excuses and rationalizations, I had to finally admit that the mind numbing, time sucking activity had snuck back into my life disguised as something more acceptable and was chipping away at many things in my life that I value more and existed only because of the previous absence of TV.
Yesterday I deleted my account. Now I'm challenging you to give it a try.
If you can turn off your TV for a week we can consider it a successful step, but let's get crazy... let's take a chance at really changing our lives...
Move your TV out to the garage for 90 days. Call your cable or satellite company and tell them that you are going on vacation for 90 days and would like to suspend your account.
Try it and see that it changes your life. Have something more interesting to talk about than what you saw someone else do on TV.
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