"Laissez les bon temps rouler!" It's Mardi Gras, Pancake Tuesday, Carnivale!
Until late tonight, I'll be a glutton--of food, social media, mindless video games. Our traditional dinner will be at our local IHOP (we take Pancake Tuesday literally), where I'll stuff my face with more gluten-laden dishes than I usually have in a season. I'll go home to vegetate in front of the TV while playing Dots on my phone and checking Facebook updates. I would love to do this until midnight, but alas, elementary school hours and the need to get my teenager to band sectionals the next morning will dictate an earlier bedtime.
Tomorrow, I will fast until dinner. Without Facebook or Dots to distract me, I will be able to focus on writing two blog posts--my usual Wednesday library update, and the first post of this year's Slice of Life Challenge. I will be supporting new Slicers during the challenge. In the Lenten days to come, I hope to catch up on writing personal notes to friends and family, weed through physical and digital clutter, and spend more time exercising my body and enjoying nature. I will celebrate a birthday just five days into this season of preparation--the very birthday that prompted the name of this blog. I will give myself the gift of time to process what that birthday means. Barring the unpredictable, I am blessed to be able to think and dream about the future.
Giving up Facebook and digital games will give me time to focus on my inner thoughts and my relationships with others. Giving up unhealthy foods (except for my birthday--there must be cake for that!) will give me more energy to do the things that bring me joy, which means I'll have more joy to give to others. Giving up really means getting, and giving, more.