Monday, March 14, 2011

This is real life

We decided as a family last year to cancel tv (cable and local) in order to clean our home of useless and worldly information and entertainment.  This has been one of the greatest choices we have ever made.  It has made such a difference in how we spend our time and the spirit we bring here.  Occasionally I have withdrawals from some of my favorite design or food programs, but TV shows and commercials have become so frighteningly innapropriate, that truthfully, we are all surviving just fine without all that junk. Now we just watch movies through Netflix and DVD's, which are closely monitored.  My next step is to get rid of the xbox... but then we might become perfect and have to be translated so might as well keep Lego Batman and Call of Duty on the shelf.
When catastrophes happen in our own town or in the world we are the last to find out about it, especially if my computer is down, and since we don't take the newspaper (which I need to change), I rely on the internet to stay informed.  I can't express how desolated I am catching up on the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan.  I am grateful that I don't have tv to remind me everyday of what's going on, but at the same time I feel like I have my head in the sand.  I feel helpless and desperate for those dear people.  I must think of a way to help.  Do you have any ideas?  Maybe another joint effort with the kids and their friends is in order... or maybe I'll contact the Humanitarian Center of our church and ask them what the needs are. 
Sometimes, all we can do is pray.
photos from the associated press yahoo news page


Judy said...

It is so sad. I have been watching some of the footage today. You did a great job on your lesson are gonna be great!

SMDStudio said...

When Sean and I got married we decided to never have a TV. And we love it! Although I must admit we sneak onto Fancast for a dose of the A-Team once in a while. ;> For Activity Days on Wednesday we are assembling some hygiene kits thanks to your inspiration after Haiti. I'm sure you will come up with something wonderful - you always do.

Nancy said...

I wish I could give up tv but I'm addicted to such grand shows as America's Next Top Model (don't judge) however, I never watch the news. Stopped keeping up on current events shortly after 9/11/01. I do feel like I have my head in the sand a lot but I internalize things too much and my mental state can't handle everything in the world.