Observance of Lent has never been part of my religious tradition. Having grown up Methodist, I’ve been generally aware of the season of Lent, but never gone through the practice of “giving something up” for Lent.
But I’m thinking of taking on some challenge this year.
Last year Cherie decided to give up watching the news. That may not seem like a big deal, but it was for her. Tuning in to the TV news was part of her daily routine, and it’s easy to get hooked on news in this culture of 24-7 news channels. I was impressed at how she dropped it, and more impressed by the fact that she so frequently commented that she was glad to have done it.
I hardly ever watch any TV, so giving up TV news would be no big deal for me.
This year Cherie says she’s going to go along with something called “Not a Cent in Lent,” which involves agreeing not to purchase anything other than necessities during the season.
But I rarely buy anything other than necessities, so that wouldn’t be much of a challenge either.
After thinking about it a while, I’ve decided to give up a politics message board to which I’ve become addicted. That doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice, unless you know how badly hooked I am. Regular readers will recall that I quit posting about politics on this blog last year. I have no regrets over that, but I continued to get my political argument fix on the message board. I’ve made some friends through that board and on occassions I’ve learned things, and had interesting discussions. But most of the time it’s just a maddening food fight over there. For the most part, leaving that behind will be good riddance.
I would give up television, spectator sports, fast food, and factory meat, but that would be cheating since I already quit all those things. I might as well get on board with Not a Cent in Lent too though. I’ll just have to forego any books or records for a while.