Just over a week ago I began a endeavor which coincides with Lent. I gave up (most) drinking and took up Thomas Merton. More specifically, I gave up most alcoholic drinks. And now — 196 hours in, give or take (I started early) — it is time for an update.
First sit down, because anyone who knows me even just a little will find this hard to believe, but I am breezing through it!
No one is more surprised than me. I don’t miss the social drinks. In fact, I am finding the break to be quite enjoyable. I even have a little kick in my step.
I worry about my future, though. What will become of me should I turn into a full-on teetotaler? What will become of the people who own the bars and restaurants I frequent? Will their kids get braces? Will the price of Brunello di Montalcino come down again? Will I remain irresistible and handsome?
These are questions with unknown answers and I admit that I find that rather distressing. But here I am, more than a week in and I don’t notice any difference one way or the other. No anxiety, no temptations, no real hang ups. Of course I was hoping to lose a little weight, but that goal is being offset by my frequent popcorn and ice cream binges. I think the net benefit, though, is tipping in my favor.
In due time…in due time…
When I committed to this stunt, I included several exceptions, by the way — pre-arranged indulgences in anticipation of the need — and these I shall share with you as they come along. (Come back and look for a list soon. Need to fix my scanner first.)
These include a birthday party that I will be attending Saturday. But you know…I might really be off the deep end, I might sip iced tea all night.
- Lenten Almsgiving (holyfamilysisters.org)
- Friday Night, Lent, the Italians, and Minneapolis (alittletourinyellow.wordpress.com)
- Sewickley Valley Lenten fish-fry season in full swing (triblive.com)
- Parents: 10 Engaging Lenten activities for your Kids (encourageandteach.wordpress.com)