Today is Ash-Wednesday which means it’s time to figure out what I’m going to do/give up for Lent this year. Now, I grew up in a non-denominational Christian church where this practice wasn’t mandatory… but it’s always been something I like to do this time of year.
40 days of either giving something up OR introducing a good new practice into your life.
Anyways, I got into a humorous convo with the co-workers this morning as we all huddled around the coffee pot in the kitchen. Before I launch into this post… I want you to know that this practice/tradition is absolutely not something I take lightly, but I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the ideas flying around this morning.
Some of my favorites?
- Giving up a specific (anonymous) Account Executive in our office. I can see it now. He pops in my office with a project and I just casually respond: “I’m so sorry, _____, but I’ve given you up for Lent so, for the next 40 days, you can walk that work right down to Katie’s office.”
- MEN. Now I get a huge kick out of this one because 100% of the time this idea comes from the single gal. “I’m giving up men altogether. No dating for a month! Stupid boys…” Wait. Did I miss something? SINGLE, by definition my dear, means that you don’t have a man to begin with…so this might be hard on you, huh?
- Gossip. I can’t help but think that this is an easy cop-out since it’s technically a sin by its very nature.Are we really allowed to “give up” something that we’re commanded not to do anyways? Like…. Gossip this year and perhaps cheating in 2010? (side-note: I suppose if this is something you really struggle with then it’s a great gesture…I’m just saying!)
- CSI. Yes, I’m referring to the TV show and No, I’m not kidding. Haha… I’m going to throw my roommate, Lynds, under the bus with me on this one– but we find ourselves watching this show multiple times throughout the week. Not necessarily because we’re big crime-dorks, but because they’re mini-stories. We’ve been too busy to really keep up with all the different series… so we’re drawn to shows that both open AND close a story in the same episode. (and I may or may not have a crush one of the CSIs)
Realistically, I’m still not sure what I’ll give up this year. All I know is that I’ve had coffee and candy already this morning so I suppose those two things I’ll have to rule out…. dang!
Song-of-the-day: \”The Funeral\” by Band of Horses