Funny how things work out in our best interest, even when we least expect it. I’ve been planning to tear myself away from cable television for a long time now. First, I spend too much time unconsciously watching it or having it play in the background for no good reason. Background noise distracts me; it doesn’t help me focus, as others claim. And I don’t know about yours, but my combined cable-internet-phone bill is $165 per month. That’s way too expensive when there are better things I want to spend my money on – like Reiki treatments (more on that in a bit).
Well, Comcast sucks ass and has consistently locked me out of my online account over the last few months. I call and get things set up again and when I log on to pay the bill the following month, I can’t get in. I do things when I have the impulse to do them – this includes paying bills. That impulse usually hits around payday while I am sitting at my computer at work. I have paperless billing and I pay everything online but my rent. Everything. Well since Comcast hasn’t been cooperating, I have apparently relegated them to the fate of the other “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” things in my life. I haven’t paid them –probably 2 months running now. Yesterday I came home to notice that my cable box no longer displayed the time (I can’t even get the TIME for free!!). I quickly realized that, oops, cable bill hasn’t been paid so no cable, internet or land line for me.
I sat in my quiet apartment and realized that I enjoy it. I had time to read and think and journal and meditate and I wasn’t tempted to distract myself from those nobler tasks by watching my TiVo’d reality shows or Rachel Ray make yet another meal I’ll never cook. I liked my night without TV and I knew I would, I just couldn’t bring myself to make the decision to end my cable addiction on my own. I needed help. Well help has come and — lest I be criticized for not paying my bills – I’ve decided to pay Comcast what I owe them and have them come pick up my cable boxes and modem. That’s right! No more TV or internet at home for Lex. This is a good time for it too. My lease is up in August. I hope to be moving by then and I’ll reconsider introducing them back into my home when I’m settled in a new one.
I still have my Crackberry, so I won’t be completely isolated from the rest of civilization and there are more than enough places near my house with free WiFi for me to go somewhere deliberately for a set amount of time to do whatever I need to do online.
I feel so light today.
P.S. – Has anyone had a Reiki treatment? I’m scheduling one soon to see what it’s like but I want to hear stories first.