If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

TV or not TV


Pow! It sounds like a breaker shutting down an overloaded circuit, but the lights are still on. My old TV, the only one I own, has sound, but no picture.

Whatdo I do now? I watch less than five hours a week, and it’s usually at night as I fall asleep.

Yesterday evening I fought an urge to just go “look” at new TVs, but resisted because I wasn’t eager to spend the money.

This morning I’m listening to Mozart, mentally rearranging the furniture in this room, finishing today’s post, and waiting for Lowe’s to deliver the laminate.

Pay attention, Laura.

What is the draw of a TV? Is it something I only miss at night? Has it just become a mindless habit? How will I fill my time without it?

I’ll wait a week before I attempt to answer the burning question, TV or not TV.


Comments on: "TV or not TV" (13)

  1. In my younger years I wasn’t into TV. Now at middle aged I like it because it’s mindless and helps me relax. When I was in my mid-20s I did an experience and didn’t watch for almost a year! Then when I started watching again, EVERYTHING on television fascinated me — commercials, news, etc. It was a bizarre experience.

    If you don’t get one, definitely blog your experience! I’d love to read that because I sometimes feel a bit addicted these days 🙂

  2. i have a TV but only use it to watch a DVD maybe once or twice with my daughter… i never watch tv programs … when i was growing up i saw how addicted my father became so i didn’t want to fall into this lull …

    • i’m thinking i can use my computer for netflix and dvds…it’s not like i’m going totally off the grid…my dad was in television as it first became popular, he use to worry about what we were bringing into our homes…

  3. I’ll be interested to hear how you get on without a TV. I don’t watch much cos I can’t help but think there’s always something better I could be doing with my time!

  4. I have been living without a TV for ten years now and the decision to let it go has had the most fantastic influence on my life. I LOVE every minute of my life without a TV. I never wish to go back to being a slave of the Box. I certainly recommend giving it a go. And then when you want, just rent a movie of your choice and enjoy 🙂

  5. Good for you to wait a bit. I love how you shared that you were listening to Mozart ~ and I am sure you’ll try a bit more of that instead. I too am becoming more and more aware of when and why I want to watch something, an enriching nature documentary or not. When I listen to classical music in the evenings and get absorbed in a project, I feel so much better than watching, well, just about anything. Great thought provoking post!

  6. Definitely, “Not TV”. I watch, but, for the most part, it’s a waste of time. The blessing is in the brokeness of your TV.

  7. I went a long time without a TV, wish I still didn’t have one but unfortunately it’s not just my choice anymore. When I told my students at the time that I didn’t have a TV they were shocked silent for a while, and then one of them asked, ‘But what do you point your furniture at?’

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