I had an incident this week that led me to a shocking realization. I became aware that I along with countless others have become watchers. How did this happen? When did we become a nation of watchers? We have morphed from doing to watching!
You know from reading older blog posts that I hate most tv shows. I refuse to watch people destroy their lives to create drama for my entertainment, so I don’t watch much tv. But I was shocked when I glanced through the line up and realized all the options we have available to participate by simply watching, in place of doing.
Well, let me explain.
Here is what happened. I was sitting watching a sewing show. OK so you are saying to yourself, what is so bad about that – what is horrible is … I have about a hundred sewing projects, in different levels of preparedness waiting for me to work on. Some are just planned, some I have the pattern and fabric, some are cut out and some I am in the process of sewing. I love sewing, but it felt really nice watching someone else sew, even though mine was staring me in the face. Watching someone else sew did nothing to help me accomplish anything.
That’s when it dawned on me. We have replaced doing things ourselves with watching other people do things, we have stopped participating. That got me thinking about how doing is become obsolete.
So I pulled up Zap2it to look at the tv line up. Here is a taste of what you can watch other people do instead of doing things ourselves.
We can watch …
… people who are hoarders while we can’t park in our own garages, because they are filled with junk.
… people bake cakes and then run to the bakery to buy a cake for a birthday celebration.
… CNN or Fox where we can agree with and listen to complaints about politicians and the political state of the country and yet we don’t register to vote.
… the lives of housewives and their dysfunctional relationships with friends but rarely ever get together with our own friends to enrich our lives.
… people decorate their houses while our homes could use updating and repairs.
… overweight people diet and exercise, all from the comfort of our couches.
… nannies straighten out families in trouble while ignoring the fact that our children spend more time online than conversing with us.
… cooking shows and then go out to grab fast food.
We watch people travel, go to church, train their dogs, have plastic surgery, sew, paint, scrapbook, get tattoos, fish and play golf to name a few. I will bet that few of us do any of these on a regular basis.
I have an idea – let’s try this…
… who’s game to turn the television off and pick two shows that you maybe would have watched and instead participate. Come on it will be fun.
I promise I will sew this week instead of watching Nancy’s Sewing Show and I will bake a cake for a birthday party I am having instead of watching The Barefoot Contessa bake one. Then next week we can pick two more things and then two more the week after.
I know it takes more effort than plopping on the couch but choosing to participate will certainly make you more interesting. You’ll have more of your own stories to tell instead of retelling the story you watched. Then maybe you can get your kids to participate and then your parents. We’ll start a “doing” revolution.
Pretty soon we will be entertaining friends, cooking fabulous meals, we will see each other outside while we are exercising. We will be sewing, golfing and fishing. We will be talking and sharing and learning about each other’s interests. Wow, just like the old days!
Have a wonderful week and love to all. Kim