While I know this theory can leave much room for debate, there are some religious practices that I feel can be very beneficial to us. I find one of these beneficial practices is giving up something for the period of lent. I know the reason for giving something up is to better understand the sacrifices Christ went through and then in theory bring you closer to God, but ever since I was a child I have perceived lent as an opportunity to have personal growth.
I always like to give myself a challenge and attempt to make myself a stronger person, and every year I have always given something up for lent. In the past I gave up candy when I was a child and when I was older I gave up alcohol. Once when I was 19 I was inspired by the movie “40 days and 40 nights” and I gave up all forms of sexual pleasure for the 40 day period of lent; that one was a difficult one.
With lent coming upon us I have been giving much thought as to what I will give up this year, and a few nights ago the answer to my question dawned upon me. I had been sitting at my computer for over an hour going back and forth between twitter and facebook and I realized that I was putting off my long list of chores to sit at the computer and waste my time tweeting and making random comments of peoples updates.
I sat there perplexed by the amount of time I wasted sitting at my computer or iPhone doing absolutely nothing but staying connected to the social networking world. There is a great web site out there called TweetWasters.com that allows you to see how much time you have wasted on twitter, and essentially I could have driven from LA to NYC with the amount of time I have wasted on twitter.
One of my biggest pet peeves is people that say the do not have enough time to get things done, when they lead sedentary lives and are basically to lazy to get off their ass and get their shit done. I am constantly mesmerized by the amount of apathy in the world today. How hard is it to get off you ass and do something with your life?
With all of this being said I have decided that this year for lent I will be giving up putting my Ryan Raz twitter and facebook profiles aside and taking the time I would normally spend on them to better organize my time and get more of my personal long term goals accomplished.
I figure I spend a little more than an hour a day on twitter and facebook, therefore over the 40 days of lent I should be able to spend about 48 more hours focused on me and less time wasted on being socially connected to a bunch of people I don’t really know but have managed to become “friends” with.
"Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand" -Bodie Thoene
“Get off your fucking lazy ass and do something you retard” -Ryan Raz