Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Confessional;)

This week, my family and I (along with millions of other Christians) celebrated Ash Wednesday. For those that aren't familiar, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. It's a season of soul-searching and repentance. It's also a season for taking stock of who you are, and where you are in your journey called life. I love this time of year because it's yet another reason to do some serious self-reflection. But...I think I may have overdone it this
year:( each and every year, I made a vow to sacrifice something for the 40 day Lent season.  Well...overzealous  me vowed to give up (sigh).... meat, alcohol, swearing, and feeling stressed.  I will be fasting 2 days of the week.  Yup' just water with lemon and orange zest.  What in the world was I thinking????  It's no doubt a set of lofty goals.  But here's my reasoning for abstaining from all of these things:

I, like every parent I know, gets overwhelmed with the rigors of the day.  Between working full time, volunteering, non profiting, full time mothering, full time wifey-ing, and all the other things that come up....I am both physically and mentally exhausted.  Some days I feel like I can hardly get up from the coach in order to go to bed.  That's simply not healthy. abstaining from these things, I believe that I might actually be able to attain a clearer and more sound body and mind.  I also believe that my spirituality will be further strengthened. Consequently, I will be a better mom, wife, non-profiter, community activist, and all around person.  So that's the goal.

Here's the reality!  I'm just a few days in, and I really miss chicken and bacon.  I mean, I REALLY MISS BACON!!!  And I confess that I let a couple expletives out during the afternoon rush hour traffic (If you live in Atlanta I'm sure you understand).  Then, last night I went out to celebrate my friend's birthday at a swanky downtown dinner/dance club spot.  Guess who was the DD (designated driver)???  Yup!  I had a great time....but I have another confession.  NO, I didn't have a drink (lol)!  But I found that when you're not drinking....drunk/tipsy people look absolutely crazy!!!

Any who....wish me luck and send me strength during these several weeks.  I'd love to hear whether you have given up anything that is truly difficult for you.  At least that way I'll know that I'm not suffering alone:)

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