Did you know that the average American family watches 35 to 40 hours of television each week? That is comparable to the average time spent at the workplace each week! Imagine what you could accomplish by cutting TV viewing time in half. There would be 20 more hours each week to accomplish tasks, play with children, write letters, learn a new skill or hobby, or read.
With the warmer weather, you can be outside, playing and working in the yard. Visit parks and nature trails to enjoy the outdoors. You or your children and grandchildren can learn a new sport or improve on one that you already enjoy. It is a beautiful time to turn off the television and turn on life.
By reading a book, you can learn about new places, people and things. Whatever your interests are, there is probably a book to read. In your mind, you can travel to far off places, maybe even imaginary places. As Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” You can open your mind to new opinions, increase your knowledge, and expand your horizons. You may even rediscover interests. Reading is a powerful tool.
Although it is good to be quiet and comfortable with silence, if you like to have background noise, listen to the radio or your favorite music. You will be amazed at the level of communication that happens when the television is not distracting people’s attention. The creativity that flows when you allow your mind and body uninterrupted concentration is unfathomable.
Time with your loved ones becomes quality time where people are sharing and having fun. Instead of sitting in front of the television with an occasional shared laugh, you can play a board game and have many interactions with each other. Use the creative thoughts to make up a new game that everyone enjoys. By turning on life, you are making good habits and memories that will last a lifetime.