Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Lenten Improvements

What to write about today? I had a great weekend in St. Louis with Aaron. We went to the botanical gardens at the art museum. We also made it to a casino where Aaron proceeded to win several hundred dollars in no-limit Texas Hold 'Em. I mostly watched because I am an unlucky person. It was a great weekend of relaxing and just hanging out. St. Louis Art Museum

It isn't so bad being back here in Wisconsin this week because the weather is quite nice. It's about 50 and sunny, but I just don't want to get my hopes up too much because I know what a tease Mother Nature can be. I am going to try and enjoy this weather as much as possible, though.

Lent starts today. As a child I used to give up chocolate or sugar. I need to decide what action I would like to take this year. I have signed up for a "Walk to Jerusalem" program through my church. Actions such as walking, exercising, eating healthy, spending time with friends, etc all equal miles. You want to earn something like 6,000 miles over lent to equal the distance to Jerusalem from Oconomowoc. I am not sure if this is possible as an individual. I think that the church members' totals will simply be tallied.

I am also thinking about giving up sugar (I failed today if I decide to do that). I also got an e-mail suggesting that you give up one activity that causes global warming. That's a little harder for me to do because I have to drive places from my house in the sort-of-country location it is in and there is no public transportation in my city. Perhaps, I can come up with some other enivronmentally-friendly action to take, such as using less water.

I like how Lent has become more about improving the world and yourself versus making yourself suffer through fasting or simply giving up meat on Friday. Why is fish not considered a meat anyways? Anyways, I hope that those of who read this and are religious or only a little, will consider doing something for Lent to improve the world and themselves.

"The human body was designed to walk, run or stop; it wasn't built for coasting."
--Cullen Hightower

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