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I don’t have a television

I don’t and I never did. Yes, during the years when the children were growing up we had one though there were a few reasons why it never became a major part of our lives: We lived in the middle of the forest so reception was only good when weather was clear. Besides we lived in Sweden and only had the 2 channels that sort of come automatically, they don’t rock.

When I came to Luxembourg I planned to have one, sort of, but all the hassle, costs and my basic disinterest made it never happen. I had a cheap telly for watching movies, but that went out the door the moment I realized I could do it on my computer…I’m not picky, I just want to be entertained so screen-size, sound etc matters nothing to me. Besides, televisions are really big and ugly, even if they are fancy flat-screens hanging on the wall. Ugly!

And you know, if you are in a room with people and a TV, the people will constantly look at the TV, even if it’s not on and I find that irritating, weird and a bit crazed. There you are, chatting away, having drinks and snacks and the person you’re talking to is constantly looking toward the telly. So you start wondering if they are even hearing what you’re saying? HELLO, I’m here! The whole room is designed around that ugly thing, so wherever you sit (or stand) it’s the main focal point. My living room is a ….Living room. It’s made for movement, creativity and hanging out

I do stuff and I am a very creative person. I love doing stuff; sewing, reading, writing, dancing, drawing, gardening, studying and research…I love my own company and the conversations I, me and myself have are absolutely riveting. Since coming to Luxembourg “we” even do it in different languages… 🙂

People ask me how I get so much done, they think I am this totally speedy doer. I’m not. I just have lots of time to do stuff since there is no disruption of a telly. I do watch YouTube tutorials for things I like to learn; lately I have learned to make silk-flowers and pearl embroidery and I have made some beautiful stuff. I learn to sew better and create the pretty stuff I have in my head but can’t afford to buy. This is what I do when others watch television. Last evening I finished a pearl embroidered belt to go with my beautiful New Look skirt that I sewed a couple of days ago. Practice makes perfect and practice takes time. So if you have creative ideas or want to get stuff done; chuck that ugly ol’ thing and get into action. You will never look back!NewLookBälte

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MENTAL PICTURES – an adventure

I spent one evening with a bunch of teachers from different nationalities; they all have training from their respective countries and work with different age-groups, from pre-schoolers to graduates. They were involved in a heated argument about reading and information gathering and all agreed that kids tend to read less and search less for information; internet and google is the name of the game.

This is true more or less all over the world; people read less, watching movies instead. On gathering information we make do with snippets from wikipedia or google without really going for a deeper understanding of our research. Years ago, in Sweden, the tax was reduced on literature in an attempt to encourage reading. I don’t know how much it actually changed anything.

Recently I mentored an intelligent and curious young man. He spent too much time on his computer so I gave him a book to read, believing he would enjoy it. He never started it, he couldn’t get past the first few pages. He told me it took too much concentration and too much time. Seeing as he was quick of thought and had an extraordinary speed in which he would assimilate any information, this surprised me and I worked on figuring out where the problem lay. This is what I found:

This young man is a perfect example of most kids today (and a lot of adults), so used to mindless information and pictures that their inherent ability to create inner visualisation is impaired (or asleep?). This boy decided that it took too much time and energy to access his “inner movie” while reading so he would rather watch a movie where the pictures were shown to him. Finally I got him to read a short story (took longer than it should) but he did find his “inner movie” and enjoyed it immensely.

We read with our inner vision – the words in a book transform to a movie in our head, complete with emotions, colors and details. Our brain is absolutely magnificent in this area. We don’t “see” words, we see the meaning of them. A movie is somebody else’s pictures lasting about 90 min (mindless intake), a book takes longer because the mind is constantly creating, but the pictures are ours. Visualisation is one of our most important creative tools and it is an intensely important part of mental training.

I am not chucking movies, I love watching movies. But compared to a book it is nothing. Read a book, listen to a story and you will find the most amazing and detailed movie right in your own head…and it’s effortless (except for the reading part).