“It’s not daily accumulation, but elimination that brings cultivation.” – Bruce Lee
One of the first things that I noticed about media fasting was how much of a conversation starter it was.People are really interested in the Art of Not Doing.A friend of mine at work wanted to show me a video of his that he edited together.I kindly informed him that I was not watching any videos for four days.He and the other two guys in the room were astounded.
One of them asked a question that I thought was right on point.“What do you think you’re going to get from that?”
I paused for a moment.Thoughts flashed through my brain quickly.“What do you mean, isn’t it obvious,” I thought, “don’t you ever get tired of all the stimulation?”Surprisingly enough, however, I had a hard time answering his question in spoken words.I’ll answer it here. I set these benefits outin my post announcing the media fast and I will quickly repeat them.
I hoped to get some peace.
Between television, talk radio, movies, the internet and music, my life is full of noise.I think the only time that it’s quiet is when I’m in bed.Sometimes the noise is just too much and I need some time to be able to think.
After eliminating the noise, one night I simply sat in my room and allowed my mind to wander for about 90 minutes. It was amazingly refreshing and insightful. I read the scriptures more and prayed more. I feel centered and grounded.
I hoped to be able to get some perspective.
Media makers convey messages.Sometimes it’s just a message of fun, laughter, and good times.Most of the time, however, the media is full of conflicting messages about what is important and what is not.Time away from the media gave me time to reflect on what is important to me, without outside influence.
It's important to note that after being away from media for a while (this happened to me big time after my mission) that shocking media shocks a lot more. Pornography and the bling culture become incredibly offensive.
I hoped to be able to spend more time with my wife.
Media is a time sucker.Whether you’re just vegging out in front of the TV, out watching a movie, or gaming with your buddies, it all takes time and that’s time that I could be spending with my wife.I did manage to spend a little bit more time with her, but she has college finals coming up, so she was a little swamped with home work.
I accomplished all of my goals, to a greater or lesser extent.I did it by not wasting time anymore.
So, when my coworkers were asking me what I hoped to gain from a media fast, I think it was just too much to explain. I'm a little surprised that so many people were surprised at what I was doing. Apparently it's just too much for many people to think of eliminating the non-essential and refocusing their lives.
When a company offers you less work, and you don’t take it, what does that say about your lifestyle?What does it say about the importance of your marriage, or your kids?Unfortunately for many people, it seems that it’s easier to call the sitter, tell the wife to put dinner on hold, and keep punching the clock, rather than figuring out how to be more effective at their job, increase their skills, dictate time constraints to clients, and eliminate distractions.
My Media Fast: What I Learned Part 1
Will A Media Fast Help Your Marriage?