1000 Flowers for the Planet - #111 Turn off the TV
Had any decent conversations with your family lately? Why don’t you try turning off the TV? It will probably be quite hard to start off with, but if you stick with it, you’ll see some wonderful advantages. First of all, turning off the TV will save on electricity costs, putting more money into your pocket. This will help the planet by using fewer resources and producing less carbon emissions.
But the biggest benefit you will discover is reconnecting with your family. If conversation is difficult at first, start by playing a board game. There are so many terrific board games available to choose from. Even a pack of cards can lead to a pack of laughs from the family as you play fun games with the kids. Maybe you could read a book! Give it a go. See what happens.
If games aren’t your thing, rejuvenate that old hobby you used to have when you were a child, or encourage your own children to take up something interesting. There are many things that people like to collect, and this could lead to joining a group of likeminded people. Get out of the house and join a sporting group, go dancing, go for a walk and check out your neighbourhood – think of something different to do.
And if all of that fails, turn to your loved one and start a conversation. You might even fall in love all over again. Now wouldn’t that be nicer than watching TV?