If you know me well, then you know that I don’t watch television. I gave it up years ago after traumatic news coverage of 9/11. Losing the television was actually a really good thing for me. It freed up a lot of mindless time spent staring at the tube. I have had a lot more fun without it.
Over the years, I have bowed to my love of cinema and now I have a TV to watch movies. Last night I discovered “The LIttle Prince” and so many of you offered your insights into the power of that book.
Tonight I watched “The Flight of the Butterflies” and learned so much about the Monarch butterfly but also about scientist Fred Urquhart and his wife Nora who studied migration of the monarch butterfly for 40 years and were the first to actually understand the magnitude of their migratory paths. The video of the Monarchs wintering in Mexico and the actors portraying the Urquharts were so inspiring. They devoted their lives to solving this mystery and they accomplished a life long goal with much help. Amazing.
Somehow between last night and tonight, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I don’t watch the news. I don’t know what Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton have done or said today. I’m not sure who the celebrities of the day are, and I’m not sure if I care. I do hear about the things I must be meant to hear thru social media. But my evenings aren’t filled with news or reality tv. I’m really boring when the conversation turns to people’s favorite shows… but I have learned to smile and nod. Often they never really ask if I know what they’re talking about.
As no one really wants to know that I love my life without TV. It’s just a bit too weird. But believe it or not… I have friends who also don’t have television. I’m not the only weirdo. haha!
The reason to share this is not to inspire you to do what I do. That’s never, ever my motive. You all need to do what your spirit draws you to do as I must do what I am inspired to chase after. The reason to share is this simple joy.
My dad used to say that if something didn’t involve him, his job or his family, then he didn’t need to know about it. I used to argue with him as “you have to be aware of what’s going on in the world!” And now… all these years later, I find it deeply helpful and mildly amusing that I have adopted my dad’s philosophy.Thanks Pop. You are so very wise, wherever you are.