Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Lenten Question

A Lenten change

As many people do, I celebrate Easter. Today being, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Even though many aspects of my religious upbringing have changed with age, I find myself participating in lent every year. A few years ago, I gave up swearing (not as easy as it sounds). Last year, I gave up sugar. Every slip up cost me $10 and that money was calculated throughout the six weeks and then donated to charity.

This year, however, I wanted to try something different. Lent has always been about giving something up in order to make yourself a better person, but after working on What You Can Do, I was forced to wonder whether giving up sugar really made me a better person. Blood sugar and mood swings aside, I couldn't see how this choice was making an impact on anyone broader than myself and my immediate family and colleagues. What if I really tried to make a difference with my time this year?

So I've decided to do a What You Can Do challenge of sorts. Throughout the next 46 days (when did lent become longer than 40 days?), I will take on a different What You Can Do one-minute action each day. Should be pretty easy to do, in a way easier to do than stopping my mouth or resisting a hot fudge sundae.

I'm kicking it off by turning down my heat to 68o. I thought I was making a difference keeping my heat at 70o, but everyone says that 68o makes the impact, so 68o is the magic number.

I'm planning out my next 46 days, but I'm open to suggestions. Feel free to let me know your thoughts - what do you think could make the most impact in this "one-minute" allotment?

Should be an interesting adventure. I'll be back tomorrow with another action.

'Til then - Alicia

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