As I sit here and type this post, I am sitting in my grandparent’s old chair, while my husband does some work on his computer.
Our tv is not on.
Although, I admittedly say that often times, this is the scenario, but the tv IS on, really just as background noise. We may turn a head or two a few times towards what is going on in the show we are watching, although not really paying attention to it. Really, we aren’t bit tv watchers – we really watch tv only when there is nothing else going on. There aren’t any shows that we are “addicted” to, and there really hasn’t been one in quite some time.
The only problem is, sometimes it’s just hard to sit and do one thing at a time, such as work on our computers. A lot of my posts come to light at night, as I sit and have time to think about what I want to write about next. It’s only hard because we choose to let the tv become that ever constant background noise.
I wish we had more nights like these and honestly, we have all the power to not turn on that tv.
To just sit quietly.
To go for a walk.
To go outside.
To read a book.
To work on a project.
To watch the stars.
To just get a breath of fresh air.
Turning off the tv allows us to have conversations that maybe we normally wouldn’t have. To spend time together doing something we both enjoy, building the relationship.
What about your family? How much time do you spend in front of the tv? How much time do your children spend? Are you even aware of what they are watching? What is your tv taking away FROM? Often we see it as “something to do” but we quickly forget that it is taking away from something else. What is that something else in your family?
You may have to start slow, but take time to turn off the tv. Pick up that book you have been wanting read and sit in the peace and quiet. You will be thankful in the end.