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.