Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What I learned on the last day of 2013






An interesting thing happened yesterday, New Year's Eve.  I worked til 3, shopped for the ingredients to make collard greens, hoppin' john and a from scratch pumpkin cake.  After stowing away the groceries I thought I'd jump on the computer to see what all my friends were planning for the upcoming New Year.  






Much to my dismay, I have no internet connection or cable tv.  Turning off the computer I attempt to re-set the modem.  Nope, still no internet.  My heart is anxiously beating now.  Calling Xfinity, a recorded message informs me that technicians are working on the problem and all should be up and running by 6:45.  I settle in with my book.  At 6:45 on the dot I head back to my computer, still no internet.  Calling Xfinity again I am now told there is no estimation as to when the problem will be fixed.  I enter my phone number so I can be notified once the issue is resolved.




Since My Love and I are staying home what should I do with my time?  Hmmm...My Love suggests a fire in the fire pit outside.  Sounds good to me.  While he's preparing the fire I am preparing my worries and cares list to burn.  Each New Year's Eve I write my worries and cares on a slip of paper and then burn them so I can begin each New Year without the burden of needless mind games. Tossing my list on the flames I feel the weight already lifting and the worries and cares fly away as ashes on the wind.  






With  no computer, cell phones or tv to distract us My Love and I have a nice chat at the fire pit.  As we sip our drinks we talk about the things we've accomplished in 2013. Writing my first blog post.  Celebrating 7 years together.  My Love reclaiming his wood flooring business.  All the laughs we shared, the tears we cried and the love we still  have for each other.  It was perfect.  As 2013 bowed out and 2014 entered our lives, we focused on how fortunate we are to have family, happiness and love in our world.  




At 10:13 this morning I received the call to let me know that our internet and cable tv had been restored.  Initially I was irritated with Xfinity, but now I realize the gift that they gave me; the opportunity to share a conversation without interruption.  And for that, Thank You!

Have you let the internet and tv take a large chunk out of your world?  How are you managing it?

Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!!!

10 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post! It is true that sometimes we forget about real quality time we can spend with the people we love, because internet, phone, tv etc take too much of our attention. I liked your tradition to burn "worries list".

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    1. Thank you Olga. Having no "connection" was a blessing in disguise. My worry list tradition is truly freeing.

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  2. Sounds like it was perfect timing to have your TV and Internet down, Barbara. I am going to try to disconnect more often in 2014, particularly when my kids are home. Wish me luck - it's going to be a challenge!

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    1. Yes, Dana it was, although at the time I didn't think so. Once I knew the interactive highway was closed I was able to wrap my mind around just being. Being with My Love and enjoying a special time just the 2 of us. I know that you are a determined woman so you will be able to "kick" the habit no problem. I think going cold turkey on Candy Crush will be more difficult.

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  3. How beautiful! You spent the last few hours of 2013 doing the what mattered to you the most. Sounds like a wonderful night with your love :) Thanks for linking up on my blog and Happy New Year!
    Jessica
    the way to my Hart

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    1. It was a special night and we were able to focus on just the 2 of us. Your link up is fun, I wish more would join the fun.

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  4. Oh, how I love this post! At first I would freak out too if I lost my internet, but I love the way you ended up spending your evening. Sometimes that's what it takes to make us realize we are missing out with life's little blessings that are right in front of our eyes and not in the commuter screen!

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    1. Thank you Marsha. I did freak out, but the evening turned out so much better than I expected. And yes, it was a rude awakening to realize that I was spending way too much time in front of the computer.

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