Sunday, March 25, 2012

What a Novel Idea ~ March 24, 2012

In the world of today we find ourselves constantly plugged in to some diversion that takes us away from being here: TV, cell phones, games and computers. So here's some food for thought.

I'm on the computer a lot for blogging, photography and running two online shops. The cell phone I started carrying for emergencies, but a friend in Oregon (you know who you are) got us hooked on WordFued ~ a scrabble like game you can play with anyone around the world.

Television is hard to justify for any reason unless you just want to numb your mind (granted some things are worth watching like PBS, old movies, and documentaries). We looked at the hours we spend watching evening TV and decided an average of 3 hours a night (more in winter ~ less in summer). What did this add up to? A shocking number!

3 x 365 = 1,095 hours or 45 days ~ 1.5 months out of a year

Lightning Strikes in the Garden of the Gods

Holy Crap ~ at our age, at any age, that's a monumental waste of time that cannot be recovered. We took the National Day of Unplugging challenge yesterday and unplugged for 24 hours. It was time well spent.

Breakfast and Cribbage
Workout at the gym
Studio time to create
Dinner and Cribbage

What did we take away from this experience? A whole new perspective on how we spend or don't spend our time. We've decided to unplug at least once a week, maybe more. I'm setting aside a couple of days a week for studio time to just create. Gas prices may keep us from taking some of the longer trips we like to do, but we've decided to take our camper out for 2-3 day excursions in our own back yard a couple of times a month. Sonoma and Mendocino counties offer an amazing array camping possibilities and additional time to unplug. Less TV for sure! What are you going to do?