It's given us space to blow more life into our lives. My husband and I talk more, read more, and sleep better when we're not spending the evening parked in front of the tube.
Not to mention that we have almost $1,000 in our pocket that we wouldn't have, had we kept that bill.
We still have TV. Only now it's free TV that we receive from a digital antennae. It looks like this and costs around $50. We receive the major networks, four PBS channels, and a few miscellaneous channels.
What I love as much as what's coming in is what's not coming in. I'm no longer watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. (Yes, I watched that for 2 seasons. It was my little secret). I know that when I turn on PBS for my kids, the shows generally are educational and wholesome.
I spoke recently with a man who told me he wanted to cancel cable, but that he is unhappy with his job, and TV is his entertainment at night.
I would offer that he would have a better chance of more truthfully examine his life and coming up with a plan to make changes if he weren't numbing himself with television.
He told me how he knows it may be a good thing, but it's just hard to make changes. I know- I felt that too. It is hard to take away something light-hearted and entertaining, especially when you're dealing with problems in your life.
The reality is, sometimes we have to give things up to create space in our life. That space can give us time to think about our life and helps lead us to act to get the life we want.
I love a good television show, and my family will probably never be a no-television family. But canceling cable has been one easy way for us to regulate what we're feeding our brains. 'The Real Housewives of OC' must be equivalent to a sugar-coated doughnut.
Do you have cable? Why or why not?