Being a "Boomer", I can remember certain firsts. One that comes to mind, right now, was the first time they introduced Pizza Pie in grade school. OOOooooh what was that new smell coming from the school cafeteria??? Mom mostly fixed my lunches, so back then, eating lunch at the school cafeteria was considered a real, uptown treat for me.
The problem was...pizza pie was the Friday lunch. I still remember the thick pizza pie dough, loaded with hamburger and topped with cheeses....mmmmm
But, being Catholic, I had to eat the fish. Back then, eating meat on Friday was considered a sin!!! humpf!!! I'll admit to sinning a few times in my youth... And, eating meat on Friday was probably the lesser of some of my sinning...ha ha ha!!!
Today, no meat is eaten on Friday's during the Lenten season.
Giving up something for Lent was always hard for me. But now, looking back, I can actually see the benefits. I became a Buddhist about two years ago, but Lenten memories still linger.
About six/seven years ago, I pondered what to give up for Lent. My local parish priest made a wonderful suggestion...give up what is unhealthy for you. Give up what hurts your soul, your heart, your life. Rather than give up chocolate, give up something that causes you pain. A wonderful priest, btw....
Anyway, I gave up the news.
No newspaper, no Internet news, no TV, no magazines, no radio news.
No news of any kind for 40 days.
It was wonderful!!!
Life goes on without all the upset. Gas prices went up...I had to buy gas anyway, but did so without all the commentary and stress. Murders happened, crimes committed, politicians did their thing, countries fought, movie stars divorced, basketball went on, weather happened.
It all happened, but without my stressing. It was 40 days of just living in the moment for me. Now some would say, that I was sticking my head in the sand and not involved with what was going on in the world...and you're right! For 40 days, I had peace.
I came out of that Lenten season with a whole new outlook on the world. I wanted to hear the news, but, just give me the info...I don't want to hear days and days of debate. I don't want to watch as the news media spreads fear. Take fear out of the news and life goes on. We move forward.
For 40 days, I lived without fear...
Can you imagine life without Charlie Sheen?
Can you imagine life without Linday Lohan?
Without stressing over the housing market? Job market? Raising prices? Gas prices? Gadhafi? Weather conditions in the east when you live in the mid-west?
The sinning of yet another religious/political leader?
Another, kind of new (2000) Lenten tradition is watching Chocolat. I tend to make a cake, brownies, cookies or anything with chocolate in it and sit down and watch this movie. Needless to say, while watching, I ponder sinning....