Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Happy Hump Day!
And for my fellow Christians out there, today marks the beginning of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, many Christians declare to sacrifice something for the next forty days. They’ll give up coffee, soda, sweets, or meat – or they’ll promise to hit the gym for the next 40 days straight. Whether you are a deeply religious person, or someone who isn’t that much of a believer but who likes to participate in the tradition, Lent can be very rewarding…even if not spiritually. You can save money on those $5 lattes (I’m sure they add up), or you can lose weight by giving up sweets and soda. For most, it’s about challenging yourself to give up something significant in your life that could be considered a vice.
Now, I’m not sure if abstaining from watching Jersey Shore or any other train wreck tv show qualifies as something meaningful in your life that poses a REAL challenge. But stopping destructive or harmful behavior is always a good thing, so if you need Lent as your springboard to do so, I’m all for it.
In addition to giving up cookies and Pepsi, try also giving up texting and driving. How about giving up texting altogether and actually DIAL the phone and TALK to someone? Try to limit your Facebook time and read a REAL book. Don’t tweet every 5 minutes if you can help it. Bring your lunch. Recycle. Stay off MediaTakeout :-)
What are you giving up, if anything? How are you going to stay motivated so that you succeed? And what do you hope to achieve with your 40 day fast?
If you participate, let’s hear it!