Oh no, he heard me correctly. We officially cut the cord to cable television about a month ago. What I envisioned to be extremely difficult ended up being just what God intended.
During Lent last year, we fasted from many things as a family. While we didn’t give up television, we did give up screen time (computers, gaming systems, iPhone games, etc.) for various days throughout the 40-day season. Quite honestly, there were only a handful of shows we watched. The rest of our television viewing was mindless channel surfing that kept us up way too late. That, and the DVR was filled with too many shows we eventually ended up deleting because we didn’t have the time, or focus, to enjoy them.
On the flip side, we don’t get to watch most shows in “real time” and we rely on sites like Hulu and Netflix for current shows. It’s either Redbox or the actual movie theatre for Hollywood magic. It remains to be seen just how painful fall football season (we are Texan, after all) and March Madness will be next spring with no cable, but we know it was the right thing to do. This is why we have friends with cable, sports bars with televised games and an internet connection to live-stream the games we can’t miss, right?
Financially, we are saving more than $125 a month.
Psychologically, I’m no longer dreaming about “interventions,” infomercials or the Jason Bourne trilogy.
Emotionally, I’ve had the time, and the energy, to connect with my husband again.
Behaviorally, the kids are getting outside even more and yelling less at each other.
Spiritually, I feel like a got a piece of my life back—the part that really mattered.
It’s funny, because once I announced it on Twitter and Facebook that we’d taken the leap, I heard from tons of friends who had done the same. Evidently, it’s all the rage. More importantly, I feel like the leap allowed us to do the most important thing, make time for God. Even if it’s only a half hour here, fifteen minutes there or a glorious hour somewhere in between, the Holy Spirit has found a comfortable home on our living room couch. That is the biggest blessing of all.
Kathryn Whitaker is the mother of five children, 11 to 2, and wife to an amazing Catholic man, who, thanks to no more cable, she’s gotten to know again. With all that extra money, they’ve been able to enjoy some great date nights! You can find her blogging over at her personal blog, Team Whitaker.