So this being Fat Tuesday I thought I should lay out my entire plan for Lent. Accountability is everything.
Since I have a growing fascination with the Philosophy of Cosmology (amazingly this has nothing to do with Makeup, click on the link and you can see what it really means.) I wanted to spend Lent reflecting on Creation and Grace. What better way to do that than with this book:
Quantum Grace by Judy Cannato
I have already read the introduction and can't wait for tomorrow morning so that I can begin to read the daily readings. I suppose that for all of my struggles against Philosophy, I just had to find a topic that interested me and I would discover that deep within there was a budding Philosopher waiting to be nurtured. Perhaps Cosmology is that topic for me.
I am planning to give everything I find in my house that I really don't need to charitable organizations as I implement the organizational strategies that I will be using as I give up my life as a slob. The clutter will be eliminated as I pare down what I own to the minimum that I need (and I mean what I really need, not what I want to have, or what makes me have to do laundry less often).
I have been thinking about this a lot. I have decided to fast from excuses for not getting exercise daily. I can come up with 101 reasons not to do 30 minutes of exercise every day. So I have decided that my fasting this Lent will be a fasting from excuses, I will do 30 minutes of some form of exercise every day. It may be walking on the treadmill, it may be ballroom dancing (which mrangelmeg and I are still doing every Friday, our new Swing class begins a week from Friday) it may be Yoga, or stretch bands or Pilates. Each day without excuse I will carve out 30 minutes sometime during my day to do some form of exercise.
I am also giving up being a slob, which will be very difficult for me because I have a definite tendency toward inertia. I think I may give up sitting down to watch television to keep myself motivated. In other words, if I want to watch any television this Lent I will have to be doing something else, such as folding laundry, walking on the treadmill. cleaning a room, or cooking a meal. If there isn't something constructive for me to do while I am watching I will have to turn off the television. I will not allow myself to sit in a chair and watch television this Lent, unless the family is watching a show together.
That sounds like a pretty good plan.
Happy Lent everyone. I hope you all grow in holiness and love these wonderful 40 days that God and the Church grant us.