Lent and Volunteering

It is that time of year again. Today is Mardi Gras and tomorrow Lent begins. Today is traditionally the last gasp of partying before dour penitence takes hold for a month or so. Of course, Mardi Gras was likely coopted from even older pagan celebrations of Carnival but there is still some debate. The Wikipedia, as always, has a good article.

So we’re supposed to be shriven tomorrow, so I don’t know why today is Shrove Tuesday. Unless Mardi Gras is a chance to sin so we can have stuff to be shriven for. No one uses the word shriven anymore. That is a shame.

Anyway, usually I give stuff up for Lent. Last year I gave up chocolate and only failed once, for my Grandma’s 80th birthday. I can’t really think of what to give up this year, because I don’t really have any bad habits. I do need to exercise more, so this year I’m going to make it my Lenten obligation to run, for at least a half hour, 5 days a week.

I’ve also submitted some volunteer applications through Business Volunteers Unlimited; so perhaps I’ll finally end up doing some volunteer work. It is always the right time for self-improvement, but it is a bit easier for me when it is expected of me.

3 thoughts on “Lent and Volunteering

  1. adam,
    check out http://www.womankindcleveland.com
    (not the coolest site; they’ve focused most on their brochures) anyway, my mom founded this clinic 30 years ago, and they are always in need of volunteers. it might not be the line of service you’re looking for, but check it out to see. 😉 maybe i’ll write a song about you and your volunteering spirit! 🙂
    AND HAPPY FAT TUESDAY! 🙂 mardi-gras it up, baby!

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