Lent, I was somewhat taken aback this morning when a fellow coworker told me he was giving soda up until Easter. I forgot yesterday was Fat Tuesday.
He then went on to admit that he had just switched to drinking tea to get his caffeine fix.
I was like dude, that is like ME saying I'll stop drinking wine and switching to Jack.
I told him (because I am nice like this) that it sounded like a cop out. And if he wanted to give up soda, to just give it up already and do something hard for Lent.
He assured me that he drank a LOT of soda and doing anything TOO hard probably would just end up failing miserably.
I get it. If someone asked me to stop being Snarky, I would last for the first five seconds of the day. Sarcasm would be a hard habit for me to break.
He did point out that Lent was meant to remind you of Jesus & his fasting and all that.
Yeah yeah yeah I said because again I am polite like that, you should do something hard. You can give soda up for your health anytime.
Well, he said. What are YOU going to do?
Since I was already raining on his Lent Parade I gave him a few ideas of what I WOULD do.
I said, instead of giving something up, what about giving something back? Pay for the guy's coffee behind you next time you are out? Tell the grumpy cashier that her sweater is a really pretty color. It will make you feel good and they will feel good too. Do a random act of kindness everyday. That is what I'd do. EXCEPT for me, that would be hard since sometimes I don't leave the house for a couple of days at a time. The mail lady would think it was really strange to keep getting gifts....
Patrick decided to send out 40 cards. He said he really liked getting mail and it would make him happy to send other people mail. Since he typically sends out postcards when I don't, I believe that about him.
As for my version of Lent, I'm working on it. Since it starts today I'm a bit behind already, but I'm coming up with a plan that does not involve 40 RAKs to the mail lady.