I am still very much in the early stages of this year’s OLW … the time when I pay close attention to where it shows up and how I use the word in my own thoughts, speech, and writing. Choose/Choice aren’t quite as prevalent as AND; and wow! they are still all over the place!
Last month I talked about recognizing how many choices I have and that they are mine to make.
This month’s lesson is about the choices I make in my thoughts.
Last February, I gave up complaining about the president for Lent. From my journal, dated February 28, 2020: “have decided to give up complaining about the president for Lent. will use that freed up heart/head space to pray…” That fast was probably the most meaningful and impactful one I’ve ever made. I even kept it up well past Easter … and then, well, I didn’t focus on it all that much. and we had the election. and the aftermath. and January 6. and January 20 (new President). and then last week we had Texas.
I started following @SharonSaysSo after the insurrection (btw – highly recommend – she’s amazing and I learn something new about government, or what the “other side” thinks, or whales EVERY single day). Late last week, there were lots of people DM’ing Sharon about how upset they were about folks complaining about Ted Cruz when other politicians had been just as bad (and the complete opposite – her account is good for representing all the sides). Saturday morning, she shared a series in her Stories that boiled down to this
And I immediately thought about my OLW … and about last year’s fast. This year, I’m committing to bigger fast. about not complaining (unless I can do something about it) period.
For those unfamiliar with Lent, it’s the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter – which is really more than 40 days, because the Sundays (there are six of them) are “feast” days, exempt from the fast. I smiled on Sunday morning when I realized it was my “free day” to complain. Yeah 🙂
Like all fasts, you don’t really notice how prevalent the thing is until you stop the thing. and complaining?!? wow, it’s all over the place. (and that’s not complaining. that’s noticing.)
For me, I’m going to CHOOSE to occupy my mind and heart with thoughts that are uplifting – for me and/or others – or doing good. Early days still, and I hope I can do more of the “doing good” option than the “not thinking about” option. the “not thinking about” … is hard!
Thank you to Carolyn for hosting these monthly meet-ups. Writing them and checking in with y’all is an invaluable step in my journey.