On May 3rd I put myself up to a little challenge. Forget about my TV. My beautiful TV…..a 42-inch Pioneer Plasma.
I covered it up with a shawl and decided I wouldn’t turn it on for 30 days.
On June 13th, it struck me that I hadn’t even thought about turning the thing one….and that my 30 days had long since past.
Shortly after moving to a new home a few later, it still sat unused in the middle of my living room floor. It was time to give it the boot.
I have nothing against TV as a technology. I think there are a lot of great things you can watch on TV. Unforuntately, I also have a ton of great things I can do, learn and experience in the real world.
I still might watch a few programs on iTunes or rent a DVD (though I haven’t done so in months). I’ll rely on my laptop for those things.
I really haven’t missed my TV. At first the urge to pop in a DVD was there, but after a week I totally forgot about it.
I put it on Craigslist and a few days later, someone paid cash for it.
During my TV-free weeks, I’ve spent more time reading, cleaning up (and downsizing my condo), taking care of lose ends around the house and more importantly…..sleeping more.
I think like anything we think we really need….if you distance yourself from the object (both in practice and state of mind)…its hold on you weakens and eventually disolves completely.