For Serious, Matilda.

22/02/2012 § 8 Comments

Taken by Nina Leen, 1947.

There is no real reason I selected this picture, other than for its awesomeness.  I like to call it: “This hat and I are about to kick your ass in bridge.  For serious, Matilda.”

Today, I am getting serious about Lent, though.  I’m not especially religious, nor am I a Catholic (I’m actually a lapsed Episcopalian), but every Lenten season, I like to challenge myself to give up something.  For those unaware, Lent runs from Ash Wednesday (today) through Easter Sunday; 40 days in total.  For Christians it is a period of penitence, of giving up certain luxuries and of fasting.

Am I turning into a Sunday School blog? Hardly.

But I do think the concept of penitence is applicable universally, no matter what altar you choose to worship at.  A 40 day period is a great amount of time to reflect upon yourself, your personal habits and things you might want to change.  To abstain from some of your bad habits for 40 days will take some willpower.  I once managed to convince a very unhappy Mister to give up booze with me, rough going indeed, but we survived.  They say it takes only 30 days to cement a new habit, so why not seize upon the season to make some purposeful changes?

What I will attempt to give up for the next 40 days:

  • The snooze button.  You will be profoundly missed!
  • Those delightful bacon, egg and cheese bagel sandwiches I’m very fond of
  • …and dairy in general, for that matter.
  • Passive negativity

What about you?

Sidenote: Would you believe this is my **600th** post?  In the spirit of gratitude, I wanted to send a big thank you to all of my followers, old and new.  I hope you understand how much I really appreciate your reading and comments and emails and sharing of this silly little blog.

You guys are the absolute tops.
xoxo. M.

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§ 8 Responses to For Serious, Matilda.

  • Jess says:

    I’m also getting serious about Lent this year (though I’m also not particularly religious, my Catholic guilt is coming into play). I wrote about this on the blog today (as many are blogging about this, it seems!) and I’m giving up potatoes. That sounds silly, but they’re my favorite food and it will be hard. I’m also giving up the occasional weekday drink and dessert.

    I give you credit for giving up your bagel sandwiches! I eat an egg on English muffin every weekday morning for breakfast, but I don’t think that’s going anywhere. I have one (insane) friend giving up coffee for Lent.

    I’m also taking this time to reflect more, engage in more personal development activities, and spend time with friends and family.

    Glad to see others are sharing their Lenten sacrifices too!

    • Oh man, potatoes? That would be hard for me too! They just seem to creep in everywhere.
      Good luck to you, and I would love to hear about what you are choosing to reflect upon for the next 40 days.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Hai Yen says:

    Can you share a little bit more about what you mean by passive negativity? I, too, am trying to approach life in a more positive way. Any insight from others is appreciated!

  • Jennifer says:

    LOL, your caption for that photo is too perfect!

    I’ve never been very serious about observing Lent, but after reading your thoughts above, I’ve been inspired to give up a few things for the next 40 days. I was particularly struck by this:

    A 40 day period is a great amount of time to reflect upon yourself, your personal habits and things you might want to change.

    I totally agree. And I think it’s a really good thing to intentionally spend a stretch of time in personal reflection.

    Congrats on your 600th post! What an accomplishment! Keep them coming! 🙂

    • Haha, thanks very much Jennifer! I’m not sure where I got “For serious, Matilda” but I say it allllll the time.

      I hope your Lent goes well — not easy (right?), but well. Miraculously, I was successful in resisting the snooze today!!

      I would love to hear what you are thinking about.

      • Jennifer says:

        Thanks for asking! I’m going to try giving up these:

        1. Eating out, unless it’s with friends. (It really adds up!)
        2. Living day-to-day / on mental cruise control, without planning ahead or organizing / prioritizing.
        3. Mindless web-surfing.

        Your right, it’s not easy! Bad habits are hard to break. But I’m hopeful and determined. Hope yours is going well so far!

      • Ooh, mindless web surfing! That is a great one to get rid of, but I know it would be really, really tricky…

        Best of luck, Jennifer!

  • Ritournelle says:

    600th? Really? I’m catching up on QC for the first time in what feels like years and was indeed thinking that you post too much 😉 Anyways, congratulations!!

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