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An Experimental Summer Without 'Blah de Blah'
September 14th, 2010Goto commentsLeave a commentEdit
An experiment. What would happen if we unhooked the cable from our TV for the summer? Doesn't sound all too distressing does it?  Save some money, pick up a good book more often and maybe visit my mother.

I knew there was something amiss when after unhooking our cable,  I found myself carrying our small TV from room to room in efforts to view the one channel that did come in, alas to only be able to view the images behind a staticky snowstorm.

Gone were the mid-day liaisons with Lifetime Movies, reruns of America's Next Top Model and of course Turner Classic Movies. Be it taking a break or escape, TV has been a faithful companion except when there's power outage...

Media of all types surround and can engulf us...if we let it. I can find myself on the computer literally experiencing age related  shriveling as I jump into the pockets of those on Facebook, Twitter et al. Some posts are dull. Many fascinating. But for me, it's often a way to postpone making that call, paying that bill or writing this blog!

Oh, and here's a possible offspring of the over indulged integrated media-head, PROCRASTINATION: "How soon 'not now' becomes never"; "Procrastination is hands down, our favorite form of self sabotage"; yadda, yadda. "But wait, not now... I need to watch Mad Men first!"...I only threw that in cause I've never seen an episode and everyone is so jacked up about that show..

But above all this vociferous leakage, the question for me is, " Am I able to be alone with just me...for more than an hour"? Well, I tried several days and found out that amidst the immense pressure to connect with something, someone, somewhere, I am able to sit quiet with just me and truly enjoy the peaceful solitude.

And I wish I could say that when my time of aloneness was over I floated through the following days with an air of elegance, grace and and self assurance but it was more like, 'now that  I'm off my diet, where's the fudge?'

Now back online, talk radio, TV galore, but now my awareness now has enabled me a bit to make more productive choices...that just sounded like my mom. Which reminds me, I need to give her a call.

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