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16 Aug

Number 24 on the list:  Go TV free for a year. Or turn your TV into a pot where flowers grow.

If you personally know me, you most likely know that I don’t own a TV.  I deliberately don’t own a TV, because I want to focus on things that matter, like relationships with individuals, myself, and God.  When I sit in front of the television for any period of time, my mind shuts down.  (Isn’t that the point?)  For these reasons, I could very easily do number 24 on the list.

Confession:  God does not want us to live an easy life.  (See: “Confession“)

I am the type of person that greatly values communicating.  I write long e-mails, Skype my friends in near and far away lands, call just to say hey.  I THRIVE on my relationships with other people.  As such, social networking tools have become my friend.  Gmail has become my most visited link.  I recently joined Twitter because my friend told me it was right up my alley.  I’ve become very reachable and have enjoyed reaching.

So.

I’m getting rid of the internet for the next month.  Since number 24 was mostly a useless check off the list, I tried to think of a good alternative to going TV free.  I came up with giving up the internet for a month.  How many mindless hours have I spent on the internet, wasting time?  (I’m not answering that.)  The internet is something that has become a part of our lives.

I can’t entirely give up the internet; I need it for work.  And, though I’ve done a lot of research in preparation for my month hiatus, there may be an occasion or two where I need the internet in order to figure out how to best act on something that is on the list.  Like I said before, my goal has never been to “complete” the list in its entirety, word for word.  My goal was to take part in a passion-inducing, comfort zone stretching, heart-breaking, love-flowing, getting back to the basics challenge.

I can’t entirely give up the internet.  But I can mostly give it up.  I can remove my wireless card for my laptop at home, rendering it useless.  I can deactivate my Facebook.  I can get ridiculously behind on my Google Reader reading materials.  So since I can…  I’m going to.

Starting Wednesday, August 18th, you’ll have to call me to talk to me.

(What?!)

I’ll say it again:  Starting August 18th you will have to CALL me to TALK to me.

(What?!)