Yesterday was Donut Day at the convent. Also known as Shrove Tuesday.
Not being Catholic, there are many things I missed out on as far as pre-Lenten traditions go, donuts being one of them. I’m told some people have pancakes. Reason being, it helps them get rid of oil and sugar for their Lenten fast.
My family was Lutheran. We did Lent, special services and all that, but we didn’t fast. Except the neighborhood where we lived was predominately Catholic and as all my friends were Catholic, they gave things up. Usually soda or candy bars. And beings how I was in high school and desperately wanted to fit in, I sometimes joined them.
Of course, I could never do things halfway. It wasn’t enough for me to give up soda or candy bars. One year I gave up sugar.
Keep in mind, this was late 70s. There was sugar in everything. Plus, March is a major birthday month in my family.
As I recall, I cheated more than a few times. Yet once Easter arrived, my taste for jelly beans and chocolate eggs was greatly diminished and strangely enough, the affect has stayed with me. To this day sweets just aren’t my thing.
This is a long way to explain why, despite all the free donuts at work yesterday, I had an orange instead.
Yeah, I know. Weird.
I’m not saying this to brag… okay, maybe I’m bragging a little. But only a little.
Recently I read an article about willpower and how it’s pretty much a myth. Studies have proven that the only reason some people appear to have more willpower than others is that they face fewer temptations.
In other words, the only reason I have “willpower” over donuts is that I’m not tempted by them. But put a bowl of smoked almonds in front of me and…
Look, just don’t put a bowl of smoked almonds in front of me, okay? Everyone will be safer that way.
And should you be trying to give something up for Lent this year, I wish you well. If you haven’t thought about it until now, here’s something I posted last year that might inspire you:
I think any one of these would be more difficult than giving up sugar, but way more beneficial.
Before I go, I want to share a video with you that has absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand. It’s just that I’m majorly obsessed with this music group, Man Overboard, right now.
Here they are playing in a London bar (those of you who read a previous post of mine might recognize the clarinet player):
Reasons you need to devote nearly seven minutes of your life to watching this video:
- The sheer joy of hearing a group playing together and having fun;
- At the 2:25 mark, Ewan Bleach (clarinetist) plays just his mouthpiece;
- At around 3:05, Leonie Evans (singer) responds by vocalizing;
- At about 4:57, the upright bass gets in the act;
- At 5:30, they really let loose;
- And… oh, come on! Do you really need a reason? Just listen!
Until next week (or thereabouts), stay sweet. 😉