Recently, in the bible study I am taking by Priscilla Shirer, it talks about ambition. Although I am a non-income producing member of society, I am nevertheless ambitious. Ambition is one of those nasty double-edged words. Negatively, it can imply that an ambitious person will happily stomp and tromp over anyone and anything to get what they want. Positively, it can mean that a person is motivated to move ahead, has a “dream”, a “vision” for the future. In both of these senses, I am not ambitious. I am not a social climber (not thin enough for that and too opinionated to boot) and I have no great vision for myself. Which brings me to the alternative meaning and the meaning Ms. Shirer was driving at: having too many things on one’s figurative plate.
Which brings me to Lent. I was too ambitious. I am only half way through the Apocrypha. The book of Sirach, which I was dreading reading for some unknown reason, turns out to be a fave but the one before that was deadly boring. I can’t even remember the title – how bad is that? In all honesty, I do not think I am going to make it through the whole thing.
I am doing better on the bread front. I intentionally did not include pizza, rice, potatoes, etc. on the no eat list – that would have been impossible. Breakfast is generally granola, yogurt and fruit. In the face of a five star hotel breakfast buffet, this one has been the biggest challenge, a true sacrifice. I am conscious of the glorious stuff everyday. Spring rolls, however, eased the pain when sandwiches were taboo. Also noteworthy is that I have gotten off my weight plateau and have lost 3 pounds. I cheated on Saturday and had a bite, just a bite, of Mr. Understanding’s roll. The only other time I have cheated was two pieces of (toasted) bruschetta made by Wee Lass – the Lord knew I did not want to offend her!
Lastly, there is the Monday through Friday blog post a day, a discipline if ever there was one. I even blogged on vacation, which I said I wasn’t going to do, but managed. Thanks for suffering through with me. Lent ends in ten days, for those of you who are counting.
Questions of the day (they are related): are you ambitious? What would you cut out of your schedule if you could? And I am not talking about the gym or work or being a parent.