Unplugging My Family

Unplugging My Family – Day 17:              Tuesday, 11/27/12

Our cable and television finally came back on last week.  We decided not to cancel our subscription as it would have been a major headache to have everything set-up again when we were ready.  Instead we are sticking to our commitment, as best we can, to not watch television and not use the internet while we are home together.

Although my kids have not watched any mindless television or been on the internet, my wife and I haven’t been perfect.  My son and I watched some of the Rutgers game (not as “meaningful as I hoped”) this past weekend and both my wife and I have gone on the internet a couple of times.  Although we haven’t been perfect, things are still a lot better.  But I have to tell you; it has not been easy since our service was restored.  I almost wish I had stuck to my original plan of just cancelling the service and restoring it when I was ready.

The good news is that all of us continue to do meaningful, family oriented things together like sports, games and just plain old conversation.  By no means are we controlled by technology.

Why I’m doing this 30 day challenge

This  blog (scroll down further) is  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.