This is my third post (see a few paragraphs down) about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses do to Hurricane Sandy. Please spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.
I lucked out. The hurricane just left me without power, internet or tv for a a little more than a week. I’ve decided to cancel my service for another 30 days. The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross. Here’s why I’m doing this
Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power for several or more days. Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life. My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten. My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other. I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge. If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences. And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane. Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.
Today I got home a little early from the office, 5:30 and had some quiet, alone time as my wife and kids returned from Ashlyn’s gymnastics at around 6:00. I then prepared dinner and the four of us sat down together and enjoyed each other’s company. We cleaned-up together etc. and not a word a word about tv was mentioned from either of my kids. It’s as if they’ve forgotten about tv altogether, which is a good thing.
After dinner, I took my daughter upstairs for a bath while Matthew read downstairs on the couch. Ashlyn and I ran around upstairs playing hide and go seek for about 15 minutes before her bath. We had a ton of fun.
Unplugging My Family – Day 3 11/13/12
At around 8:00 we headed into Ashlyn’s room and my wife read 3 books to her while Matthew and I listened in the other bed (Ashlyn has two single beds in her room). At 8:30 both kids were in bed and my wife and I spent some quality time alone talking about our vacation plans for next summer. I headed downstairs a little later and did my meditation. At 9:45 I was in bed for the night. Day 3 = success