Lately I have found myself watching more and more TV. Maybe it’s because our place is smaller and the TV is huge so it demands a lot of attention. Maybe it’s because when I’m staring at the TV I’m not looking at, and getting stressed out by, the clutter that we are still trying to resolve. Either way, I’m disappointed in my choices.
Ironically, as I am writing this Matt called and asked me if, for budgetary reasons, I would mind getting rid of the cable and only having over the air TV. I’m actually really excited (after feeling a little bummed out that I won’t have the Discovery Channel or HGTV anymore). It’s so easy to get sucked into the TV, but just as easy to find other things to do when you aren’t tempted by the TV.
The whole idea behind simple living is to forgo certain luxuries that ultimately keep us disconnected from the world and ourselves. For me that is limiting (but not necessarily eliminating) TV watching. I’m not against TV at all. I think there are many good reasons to watch it, including spending a lazy Sunday watching made-for-TV movies. What I don’t like is how easily I can spend hours watching shows I don’t even like instead of using my imagination to find something more fulfilling to do.
When I was in elementary school, there was a boy who was bragging about his video games, “I have three gameboys, I bet you don’t even have one,” he taunted. I was never much of a video game person, even at 7 years old, so I really didn’t mind not having a gameboy. So why did I feel like I needed to compete with this kid? I lied and said I had one. The funny thing about limiting or eliminating certain luxuries is that we will, at times, feel like we are inferior because we don’t have a gameboy, or a cell phone, or whatever it is we have chosen not to have. And that is what we all struggle with; learning to make decisions based on what is best for ourselves and not what we feel is expected of us.