Self-denial – chocolate-less for twelve hours, don’t know if I can go on…
I discussed my plans to follow the tenets of Lent this year, It was eye-opening, to me…
“What? Why? What do you expect to achieve?”
“Well, I’m giving up chocolate, I expect to lose ten pounds…”
“Exactly how much chocolate do you eat?”
“Well, at this particular juncture in my life, I’m eating more than I should. I’m not gorging on candy bars, but my corner bodega has these Pillsbury Brownies and I could easily eat four in one sitting, sometimes, I’ll even make brownie sundaes with Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter, of course…”
“I know how I sound, it is sorta stupid, but I wanna do it.”
And yes, Jew and Gentile Readers both, I know it sounds stupid, but I wanna try something different. I want, for the next 40 days, to see if I have the self-control to deny myself something which is now a huge crutch in my life.
If it brings me closer to God, what could it hurt..?