Sunday, December 28, 2014

For Lent? Really?

I've never given up anything for Lent.  It isn't a concept I was raised with, and frankly, I'm not very good at giving up things.  

But while watching CBS Sunday Morning this evening (yes, we record shows and watch them later, commercial-free), I learned that the word "overshare" made it into the dictionary.  And I realized I was probably part of the reason this happened.  

Should I make a New Year's resolution to stay away from Facebook, as penance?  No, I think that's too extreme, and besides, I can only handle one resolution each New Year's Day.  It's always the same one, and yes, I do keep it:  I vow to lose the Christmas pounds.  That's actually easy, because by the time New Year's Day rolls around, I am so miserable from the too-tight jeans and the acid indigestion that comes from eating all the wrong things, I am thrilled to get off that roller coaster.   

So, maybe I could do something for Lent for the first time in my life.  I looked it up and I see it starts on February 18 this year, and ends on April 2.  Don't get your hopes up, Facebook friends, I am NOT leaving Facebook.  And if I do this, I'm really not considering it a religious act.  I simply need a starting time and an ending time, and this seems like a reasonable boundary for me.  

I'm thinking of not posting status updates during Lent.  I can be contacted through messages; I will be reading what my friends post and "liking" some of their updates.  I may comment on the updates of others.  

I'll be thinking about this for a while.  I'll let you know if I decide to take the challenge.  


Margaret said...

We always used to give up something for Lent and I hated it. (it usually was candy) I am not into sacrificing what I enjoy these days, so I'll bypass it this year.


I'm not good at giving things up either. Good luck to you, whatever you decide.

Jon said...

Lent? Let's see. I already gave up Facebook. I love blogging and I love beer. Perhaps I could give up reading Shakespeare or eating lima beans.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Very strange to think about Lent already. Every year for Lent I try to give up things like hatred, anger, jealousy, and pettiness. Sometimes those too, are very hard things to give up. Yes, I do know some that overshare. Some give out way too much information. I'm still celebrating the Christmas season here. Hope you have a Happy New Year !

Sheila Y said...

I would miss your status updates. I like Ma's idea of giving up hatred, anger, jealousy and pettiness. Take care, Sheila

Sheila Y said...

And Happy New Year! Sheila