(migrated from my Tripod blog on 11/05/2011)
If there's one thing I learned during Lent, it's not to bite off more than I can chew.
managed to go 37 days without Internet (3 days short ). This was
pretty easy, because, as I said in a previous post, I'd gone without
Internet for a year recently and found I could live quite nicely without
it. It did take a bit of discipline to keep from checking Facebook or
eBay (et cetera) at work during those 37 days, but I managed. Kept it
The only drawback was that I missed my online friends and our witty back-and-forth.
surprised myself with how well I was able to avoid junk food... no
pop, no Slurpees, no chips, no chocolate bars, and no donuts for 37
days! This took a fair bit of willpower, as my diet is usually chock
full of crap. I managed to eat healthier, but it was a battle the whole
time... especially considering I kept (constantly) winning free donuts
in Tim Horton's "Roll Up the Rim" contest/promotion. But, I stuck to the
plan and feel a great deal better because of it.
So, how is this "biting off more than I can chew", you may ask?
Well, keep your gitch on, I'm getting to that. Don't be so damned impatient!
biggest challenge I faced during Lent was swearing. I'm well-known for
my rather colourful vocabulary liberally salted with rather off-colour
words, and trying not to swear was, to me, a Herculean task. My
Everest, if you will.
I started out rather gung-ho and ready to
exercise the less offensive parts of my vocabulary. Now, if it came
down to a mere test of wordplay, I would have made it the whole 40 days,
but I had an unforeseen adversary working against me...
managed to last two days before losing it, cursing a (justified) blue
streak at a coworker, and it's only gotten worse since then.
the plan was a bit too ambitious given my relative lack of discipline
in this regard. While reflecting on my Lenten experiences these last
two days, I started thinking about the root causes of my anger and
frustrations, the whys and wherefores of my rage, and came up with some
Ones I'll share with you one day soon.