Today is the start of Lent, and it begins a 40 day and 40 night period of “the faithful commitment to fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of penitence”. And no, I am not talking about the terribly awful yet completely entertaining Josh Hartnett movie. Those who believe and follow in the Christian faith do this to commemorate the 40 days Jesus Christ spent in the desert. Poor guy, 40 days in a desert? Brutal. Then to top it off, during the last week of his mission he dies and comes back to life! OK, I can surely give up something for his efforts.
I imagine food in that day in age was scarce, scary, and nourishment out of necessity not gluttony. Man, times have changed. 2012 and we have dip-n-dots. Pretty sure Jesus would have d-i-e-d to get his hands on some of those in the desert. Whoops! sorry, bad choice of words. He would have been excited.
This period of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday, is our way of continuing his memory and reflecting upon the struggles he went through in order to give us our freedom and faith today. (Hey! Mom, I learned something in CCD). I have been a bad Lent goer for the past 28 years and I don’t think I’ve ever actually given up anything for 40 whole days. My vices are cheese, chocolate, wine, shopping, sleeping, oh right… I’m a GIRL.
Giving up wine? Yeah right. 13 hour days… absolutely not in the cards.
40 days of no shopping? Sorta do-able but not a big enough vice to satisfy the big man (and I need something new from time to time to make me feel good).
Ok people, Chocolate it is. Doh!
It’s the winner, or loser, rather. Positives; it will help trim my waist-line, get me ready for beach season, fulfill my 40 day penance, make me appreciate fruit more I suppose, and it will teach me what it’s really like to eliminate something from my diet. I’ve never eliminated anything… ever. Downside; everything else.
I figured I had to write this down
to hold myself accountable, I mean, pledge to my audience, followers, friends, and family, that I am off the chocolate sauce (and all other forms) until Easter. Then its ON Easter Bunny, do not bring me jelly beans, you KNOW what I will want.