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.  

6 comments:

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.

TARYTERRE said...

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