Day one without TV...

A silence has settled over the house...

O.K., not really, but the TV isn't on and I'm going to try my best to see how things go without TV for the duration of the Nativity Fast. I just had a concern about how much precious life I was burning in front of the box and what it would be like if I spent some time without all those frantic pulses of information charging through my head.

Already I've realized how automatically I would turn to the TV for background noise, something just to fill the spaces in the day. And I wonder what I'll do with those spaces. I have some plans, more music, more reading, more attention to my business. But plans are plans and we'll see how things go after a while. The first days of a fast are always easy, in some ways, because your motivation is high and one can generally hold back an urge for a while. I can tell you, though, that the stuff inside of me will probably want to come out somehow, somewhere, so a few days from now the battle will be on. I'll put my book down because I'm tired of reading and my hand will move to the remote to get a dose of that mindless TV input.

Then we'll see what I'm made of!

PS I know you're not supposed to tell people about your fast and the truth is this has nothing to do with my being some super Christian and a lot more to do with coming to terms with the junk I've been putting into myself and how its made a mess of me. Who knows? I might end up as a slobbering fool flat on my back in front of the box about a week from now, but I'm going to give it my best shot.


Anonymous said...

Father, Bless,

The no T.V. thing has been a little weird for me too. Everything is so quite. Maybe now I can get some homework and stuff done. We'll see!

Matt M.

Fr John said...

We Americans are just not used to silence. We don't know what to do with it and often times we'll do anything just to fill our world with any sound. I mean is it possible to shop without background music?

Anyway, right now I'm doing fine. I'm motivated and a part of me likes the change. We'll see what happens in a week or two when my system starts discovering this is for real.