Does the thought of having no cable TV service throw you into a tizzy? “No cable?” What would you do without cable TV? The reason we think of cable as a necessity is because we are creatures of habit. Watching TV’s a habit that many have developed to the point of thinking it’s as important as consuming food, but you can break that habit.
There are two times that I was without cable. One time was when I was on vacation, in a rented cabin, in the woods. One time was when I had medical bills to pay, without insurance aid, and my service was disconnected.
Being in the woods made it easier to break the habit. If there was no cable service, that was a fact. I didn’t have the temptation. I could lie in a boat, or on the dock, enjoying the sounds of Bob Whites, crickets and Mourning Doves. I discovered that was so beautiful and relaxing, I would actually choose it over TV, again.
In today’s economic climate, however, choosing to have no cable is a good choice, saving $100.00 a month, but having to make the decision is not easy. And…it may not be by choice.
I saw the men climb over my fence to disconnect my cable. I hollered and begged but they did it. After thinking for a minute, I realized I could turn on the radio. I did just that, and I discovered NPR. National Public Radio can be received on many channels no matter where you live. If you still have internet you can search NPR as a keyword, and find the stations near you. If not, look in the phone book.
I found that by listening to NPR I not only was learning a hundred new facts a day; I was cleaning my house, and doing arts and crafts. You may not realize that if your eyes are on the TV you are not able to do many things that you should be doing. My house was clean in a day. My dogs got to go on walks, too. I felt wonderful from being more active, instead of sitting sedentary. Sitting motionless slows your circulation, makes you sluggish, depressed, and, of course, you gain weight!
When your limbs are moving you will feel rejuvenated, and your brain gets more oxygen-rich blood, making you feel more awake to do things you thought you were too tired to do. Ah! And don’t forget to read those books you own. Knowledge doesn’t happen on its own. You have to put things into your brain.
Get a hobby, too, Jim-Bob.
I am much more alive, healthy, educated, productive (and wealthier) without paying for cable. Try going without television for at least one day. See what you can do!