Today is Ash Wednesday – the first day of the season of Lent.
I’m not now, nor have I ever really been part of a Christian tradition that observes things like Lenten fasts or particular High Holidays and Holy Days. But for whatever reason, in recent years I’ve found it an interesting, and productive exercise to observe some kind of Lenten fast. It seems to do the soul good.
So for this year, 2011, I’m giving up television between now and Easter. No flicking on old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, no illicit downloads of Criminal Minds or all the other gratuitously violent crime shows I’m a little bit addicted to. No DVDs, so my quickflix queue won’t turn over this month. No small screen except for work/productivity related viewing.
I’ll allow myself a movie or two at the cinema, I’ll listen to my huge library of cds I’ve not heard in years, I’ll listen to the latest audio book in my Audible queue, I’ll read – both books on my shelf, and books in my Kindle (yes, I have a Kindle, I’ll introduce her in the not too distant future) and I’ll make some headway on the .net magazines I’ve been stockpiling. Hopefully I’ll even be able to pull out my camera instead of wasting Saturday mornings watching a week’s worth of TV in one sitting.
Gosh, this may even mean I’ll miss the season 2 opener of Offspring… Yikes.
I don’t think this is going to score me points with God, or man, but I do think it’s important to ‘restart’ or ‘reset to default’ now and again… so for this year resetting my leisure time seemed like a good place to start…
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