Many people thought my parents were cruel when they found out about our little “deal”.
I wonder what people would think today in 2011 versus 1990?
After another afternoon of t.v. shows, and the resulting bickering that seemed to always follow in my sibling relationships–Mom and Dad sat us down for a chat. Dad always had a way of convincing us that we needed to do things by using his skillful “gambling” approach.
“I bet you $100 that you can’t go a whole year without T.V.!” he said.
Something about the challenge, and his tone inferring I really couldn’t do it, was all it took in my typical rebellious spirit of mine to jump in immediately, “OH yeah?!?! I can totally do that!”
And so I did. Along with my bro and sis.
All for a $100.
Aside from the obvious perks that resulted–spending our time more constructively, reading tons of books, becoming proficient on the piano–the main intent of the challenge was also apparent. We were nicer to each other. We were kinder. We didn’t fight as much.
My intent here is not to preach anti-t.v. (We found out even in 1990 that that can be a touchy subject 😉 ) But perhaps we each have our own little things in our life that make us crabby. That tempt us to criticize. Maybe we have activities that we engage in that when we finish we feel bad about ourselves and the censor gets talking too loudly in our minds? Maybe its reading a certain person’s blog, reading too many blogs… spending too much time online…hanging around negative friends or co-workers…?
Do we allow ourselves to receive some type of input that isn’t vital to our day to day living, but that obviously isn’t nourishing our spirits for the better?
What is it that brings those feelings? Can we cut it out? Better yet, can we give ourselves a reward for the seeming sacrifice?
Getting rid of the censor makes a remarkable difference in our lives and our ability to be creative.
Sometimes its as simple as cutting out the source that feeds those bad voices in our head.
How else do you get rid of the censor?
Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. For some, giving up T.V. cold turkey would be a challenge. When your family has a television older than dirt that regularly goes all snowy and requires a group chant of “one two three” to jump together on the living room floor to bring back the picture…well, its not quite as hard to suddenly find fascination in books and music. Nonetheless, she still enjoys a t.v. free lifestyle. Thank heavens for The Office episodes archived on Hulu 😉 😉