Thursday, March 02, 2006

I gave it up for Lent

I am not now, nor have I ever, associated with an organization that required me to make a Lenten sacrifice. That was just fine with me. I'm terrible with resolutions of all sorts. All of the planning and anticipation gives me the heebie jeebies. If I want to make a profound change, I pretty much have to wake up one morning and say, "Okay, today I start..." doing whatever.

And Lent! For years I have watched one of my co-workers give up chocolate, knowing full well that in a few days someone is going to deliver the four boxes of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies she ordered last month. She knows what is coming, and she picks chocolate every year just the same.

But a couple of weeks ago, I got to thinking that maybe a little sacrifice, a little discipline, might do me good this spring. Terry and I talked about it, and he agreed that it sounded like a good idea. He is giving up Maelstrom, an asteroid-shooting game for Linux.

I have given up:
  • Potato chips - just because they are in the vending machine, doesn't make them breakfast food.
  • Watching E! News - get a subscription to US, because I won't know who Paris is dating this week.
  • One other thing that is just between me and God.
After two days, I am pleased to report that all are going well.


Kathy said...

"just because they are in the vending machine, doesn't make them breakfast food"

You've just turned my entire breakfast theory on its ear. Now what do I feed my kids? Hey! Are Doritos considered "potato" chips???

Kris said...

i'm down sizing my potato chips eating. giving up is a totally different ball game!
all the best.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Kris. Good luck to you too, on scaling back.

Kathy, I would say that technically, Doritos are not potato chips. Neither are Triscuits. French fries - that's another story.