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​.wom​ankind​cleve​land​.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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