Thursday, August 6, 2009

Television and a Mission

TV can be hypnotic, can't it?

So many images, places, stories, faces - some good, some bad. All day, every day, we can turn on the television and get a peek into another world. We can learn something new, or we can feed our brain with garbage - it's all up to us and what we decide to switch to with our handy little remote controls.

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Brian and I don't have a television. Before we moved to Houston, I got rid of my TV, and so since October, we have been televisionless. We want to go for at least a year without one. It's weird when you go to decorate a living room without a TV. Usually all the living room furniture is positioned to face and revolve around the television - it's a nice change to be able to set up the furniture to be more social. Not that I don't enjoy TV shows - I watch The Office, and Iron Chef online, so I still get my little TV fix every week, but I like how I don't have to arrange my schedule and life around TV. Having that box sitting there would be too tempting to pass by every day without sucking down ridiculous amounts of time watching it.

So what do Brian and I do together without a television? Last night after dinner we walked through the park at twilight, and then headed over to Starbucks armed with notepads and heads filled with brainstorming. We are trying to come up with our own personal Mission Statements. I know it might sound weird - but businesses have Mission Statements, so why can't people? My Dad actually gave us the idea, and I think it's a great way to figure out what you want out of life, what you want your life to mean and become. I don't want to waste it in front of a TV. I want it to mean something, to make God proud.

What's important to you? What would you want included in your Life Mission Statement? I haven't written mine yet, but I know it involves creativity, and connecting people.

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63 comments:

Bonnie- amour amour said...

That is such a wonderful thing to do! How lovely to sit and think of what you want to achieve instead of just blithely going through life. I think I will try it this weekend.
Thanks for the great idea!
xx

Little Miss Tiara said...

:O omg, seriously? You've been living televisionless? I never even thought of doing so! Although I never really watch TV either... (I watch tv programs I want to watch through internet, haha....)

and yay for sponsors! :D

Hilary Leister said...

My friend's family, (very faithful Christians), have a mission statement they framed on their kitchen wall. It includes things like asking oneself "WWJD?" during difficult situations and promising to lean on each other and God for support.

Here's what I'd put in mine... "You don't have to like everyone, but you should strive to love everyone."

LJ said...

Great idea, Dionne! I definitely want to create (discover?) my own mission statement. Thanks for giving me a new, fun project!

SK said...

I think it's great that you got rid of the TV! We don't have a TV in the living room of my home in LA and I love my parents for getting rid of cable.

I think I will go brainstorm a mission statement now. You and your husband are such a great duo - and so productive too!

muchlove said...

I think that's awesome of you to get rid of the TV!
I like your idea of having a mission statement. It's a great way to make life feel more meaningful... which makes me think I need to make a mission statement too!

Monica said...

Hey Dionne, Thanks! It looks great. And your other sponsers are awesome.

I like the idea of writing a mission statement. It's like defining your life purpose. That's awsome that you and your hubs do stuff like that together.

Kotori said...

Love the idea of not having a tv. I'm not one for watching much anyway (and the couple of shows we do, we usually DVR so we can watch after the kids go to bed).

Can't wait to hear what you decide for your mission statement. i think it's a fabulous idea!

LBB said...

Sounds like you're off to a great start on your mission statement. And now I know how you're able to accomplish writing & creating such well-written, sweet blogs almost daily! ;) I think that's a great idea to not have a TV during your first year of marriage...it's such a special time that you'll never get back. We don't watch very much TV and we don't have cable...and I love it that way! So much more time to do other, more meaningful things! :)

Jaime said...

Wow a year w/o TV...sadly and probably a bit pathetically, I cannot imagine it. Though, I find it refreshing since most of my shows are on hiatus to read at night and not revolve my evening around TV.

What's on my mission statement..oy I have to think about that one! I agree though, def something creative and involving people interaction.

a little twig birdhouse said...

That's a great idea, very thought provoking, I have no idea at this moment what would be in my Mission Statement . . . hmmm...

Regarding TV however, I went 3 years without it once, when it died I didn't replace it right away and then really enjoyed the peace. I finally got one after 3 years, but for me, it was so easy to give it up.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I'm very impressed; I think I could benefit greatly from a mission statement. I applaud anyone who can do with out the beloved "tellie". I would accomplish more, read more, if I had mine turned off more often. I so dislike rooms that are focused on the t.v. See so many on the market that are missing out by not bringing attention to the true focal point in the room.
Congrat's on your new sponsors!

Elle Bee... said...

What a great idea to write mission statements!

We have a television, but we don't have cable. We have three, very fuzzy channels... so really, we don't watch it. It's only for watching movies from time to time, and downloaded TV when we get a chance. Like you said, it's nice to live your life rather than plan it around television programming.

Michele said...

What a wonderful idea! Will you be sharing your mission statement with your readers? I think this will definitely start a trend. I love it!

Good for you for not having a tv. We have a tv but do not have one in the bedroom.

Elizabeth said...

I literally handed over my television to a friend who helped me move. It was the last thing sitting in my old apartment, and I said, "You should have that."

I've been a month with out it, and I don't miss the thing at all.

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Nancy said...

We have a tv, but we don't have cable...we download the shows we want to see and get to watch them without annoying commercials. People give me weird looks when I tell them I don't really watch tv

Kristin said...

What a thought-provoking idea. I'd have to sit and stew for a while over what I'd include in my mission statement. Way to go on the no TV! I always tell my husband we watch too much and sometimes even put "no TV" rules into effect to get us up and out of the house! ;)

Maria Confer said...

My husband and I got rid of our television four years ago. If there's a show we want to watch, we watch it online.

Kristin said...

If only I had that kind of fortitude. Sigh. You rock lady.

Carol said...

That is awesome you are doing that!

Iva said...

ohh you can totally do it! This is such a great idea, and you will have wonderful moments together :) love that you are doing this!

TheBeautyFile said...

Love the idea of a mission statement. It seems simple, but must be so hard to actually come up with. I would love to give it a try!

Phoenix said...

Oh thank God, I thought I was the only one... I rarely watch TV and have very little interest in most of the crap that's on it.

As for mission statements -- that's a great idea! Why not treat your own life, health, and sanity as a business? After all, if it gets run down to the ground, so do you. What a great investment in yourself and in your partner. Awesome.

Ali said...

Wow, props. To. You!

That is so cool. Just another reason I like you! :)

Miss | A said...

OMG. what an inspiration! I would love to go with out tv for 10 days and see if the kids woudl freak. That I am doing coming up. I am so excited!

Summer said...

When we watch TV, it's PBS...and we watch DVDs. I love the mission statement idea...we've been working on something very similar lately too! It's all about getting back to the important stuff...which is hard with all the commercial things in life....A good friend of mine and I canned for the first time yesterday and noted that in some ways it's skipped a generation...people are getting back to the basics.

Catherine said...

Good for you! I think we'd all be more productive without television. We cancelled cable, but still watch movies on ours.

I tried to check out fleur avenue, but the link didn't work.

Jennifer Rose said...

we haven't had a tv for over a year and don't miss it at all. don't have room for a tv even if we wanted one lol

my mission statement would just be about being happy and healthy, pretty boring typical stuff and spend the rest of my life doing what I want to do, not what others want any more

A Balancing Act said...

We have a tv, but no time to watch it. We don't even have cable. My kids watch DVDs every now and then, but they'd rather paint and read instead of watching tv or movies. But, yes, you do make a great point. Television doesn't allow any room for creativity and imagination.

I love your idea of writing up mission statements. Mine would definitely revolve around my kids and being a good example to them; and being appreciative of all the little things in my life that make it so wonderful.

Ore, said...

I want to change the world. Impact it in a positive way that nobody will ever forget, especially me, and do it by doing something I love, something that I have a passion for :)

lyndsey | paper girl said...

wow, no tv?? that is SO admirable...i don't think i'd be able to live with my american idol, project runway and other trash tv shows :)

love the mission statement idea! what a good way to focus on what really matters.

Elizabeth said...

I completely hear you on the TV--we had one in the living room, but only because I use it to edit pictures. We've since moved it out, and it is wonderful! I have three shows that I keep up with on Hulu, and that's more than enough for me.

I think mission statements are wonderful things. I don't have one, really, but I have a few mottoes. My main one is to live a life worthy of a memoir.

Rebekah Williams said...

Sponsors . . . congrats, Dionne!

Life mission
Something about making the most of every day, every moment. Choosing to be an intentional mama and wife. Raising my children to know Jesus (actually, this is priority #1) and still be very relevant in this world.

Being a blessing.
Something like that.

Dustjacket Attic said...

That's so great, way to girl.

Mmm will have to think about the Mission Statement :)
xxx

DesBisoux said...

Haven't had tv for the past 7 months and i'm quite happy with it! i've renewed my love of reading.however, i don't have the internet either because my laptop is bugging and i am very grateful to my dad for soon buying me a new one!i need my little window over the world!xxx

Hello, darling said...

I'd really like to own my own little cafe, I think it's because I'm such a people person, and it would be a great way to meet new ones ♥

Truly Smitten said...

Awww! That is sooooo incredibly awesome of you two. I agree, having a tv takes away a TON of quality time. I can totally live without a TV but my husband cannot. I actually want to raise our kids without a tv. Hopefully we can get rid of it. I doubt it. As for mission statements...that's a really great idea! I guess mine would be...someday to open a shop day...I haven't decided what. It will either be a graphic design + paper studio or a pastry shop...I'm still not sure. I guess I also really need to get reacquainted with God. I've fallen so far behind in my faith!!! This was a wonderful post! It gave me time to reflect - thanks!

Chessa! said...

I don't think that it's weird at all. I think it's wonderful. In fact, I feel like I've been thinking about this a lot lately...I want to get it all down in the written word to organize my thoughts...my own mission statement. as for no TV...we have one in our living room but about a year ago got rid of the one in our bedroom. some days I wish it was there...like when I'm not feeling well or when I want to watch the sunday news shows with my coffee but for the most part, I don't miss it at all. not at all. I don't see the need for a tv in a bedroom...we have a rule that no computers or blackberries or phones are allowed in the bedroom at all...

Lindsey said...

Wow, I love the idea of mission statements for yourself. I think I want to do that too. I applaud you for not owning a TV. I don't watch as much as a lot of people but I do have it on a lot...for background noise. I need to work on that!

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RdGarnet said...

Love the mission statement idea!! No T.V?!! I should try that this weekend. I betcha I wouldn't last 30mns :)

Great post!

PS. Thanks for reading my blog. :-)

Maki said...

Ever since my girls are getting big, I don't watch TV more everyday. It's too busy to sit and just watch. I do still watch movies though..

I had a teacher whose boyfriend never watches TV, but collects CDs. They listen to music through out the day - night - they're both professor, so they get ready for their students.. I thought that's the most romantic thing!!!!

You and Brian are so great!
Love you!
xoxo

iheartkiwi said...

kudos to you both! kiwi and i are cable-less... we just use our tv for movie watching and popcorn nights:)

i noticed that when we did have cable we just zoned out and i watch a lot of reality nonsense.

let us know how the mission statement goes... i think it's a wonderful idea. it's so important to have purpose in your life.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh Dionee, that's amazing! I think I could live without tv, but my kids... they love it. Have a lovely weekend, darling! xo

Nicole Marie said...

oh thats so great you don't have a tv. i hate that furniture is situated around a tv. growing up we had a tv but no cable. it was only to watch movies as a family.

the life mission statement is a really great idea. i'll have to think about mine!

ticklishfromadistance said...

Great post. Have to think about this one. It is a cool idea.

...love Maegan said...

My husband would DIE without a TV!! ...although we don't have a microwave. When ours broke we decided to see if we really needed one ..and it turns out, not really. It's been two years!

I love this illustration! too cute!

Kelsey Smith said...

We only have one TV in the house, and my husband insists on never having a TV in the bedroom. I am A-OK with it, which is a step to allowing the TV to only take over your life so far. I think it's fantastic for ya'll to make a bold decision and stick with it. Share all the creative things you do instead in the evenings. I bet you blog a lot more, right?! :)

sweetwilliam said...

TV has come in and out of our lives too - right now its in a little side room - not in the main living area. I love your little pug on the TV- we have a black pug called "Salty".

Mo said...

wooaa...when i lived in the US i lived without TV for 6 months it was awesome...

but ironically enough it actually reminds me of a quote from a tv show..Friends..Joey says to a woman who asks for Ross' autograph : "you don't own a tv? What's all yout furniture pointed at??"

glauren5 said...

I'm watching Iron Chef right now! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show and totally want to be one of the judges. Food is what I live for.

Joy said...

I write this comment as I watch TV... you're so right about the time that flies by without being productive. I admire your conviction and self-control :)

I'd love to hear more about your mission statement when you've had a chance to finish it!

shells said...

I don't watch a whole lot of TV either - most of my favourite shows I have on DVD anyway =) I like the idea of Mission Statements! Good luck to you - I'm pretty sure I couldn't last a year without the box!

shells said...

You're from Noosa? That's awesome =) I'll say hello to it for you! Where in the States do you live?

Lucie said...

You have such a wonderful outlook...and your blog is just as wonderful!

Much love x

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

it's actually a great idea!! whenever i go home i never watch much tv and get so much done!! internet is the one i can't live withoug :)

Jewelles said...

In my first marriage we went without tv for 10 years. we read alot and listened to the radio alot. Just when I thought I couldnt take it I got some fish lol funny how you can sit and watch them swimming up and down and round and round after about ten minutes you are ready for a walk lol

FancyPants-design said...

Great thing to do!! I think this is also probably great for newly weds because we spend so much time watching tv and not talking to each other but commenting on the tv!!

Toothfairynotes said...

you know what? I think I can survive without tv... I don't watch that much anyway! but I do watch things online, like gossip girl and grey's anatomy!



Have a great week!
*loves*

Melissa Blake said...

EXCELLENT!! Definitely something I want to do. :)

Expressions By Devin said...

I get a lot more stuff done when I don't have the tv on.It kinda a waste to have it just collects dust!!!

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shells said...

Oooh, I've never been to Texas. I did live in North Carolina for a while, a few years back and loved it, but I do know how you feel about missing lamingtons!

Holly said...

i think thats great. since going to costa rica, i would read a lot and now when i get home from work, instead of flicking on the tv, i start reading. i love it.