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Giving Up Negativity for Lent

Today is the first day of Lent, and I have decided that I would give something up. The difficult thing about this process was trying to find something to give up. Since I am quite purpose driven, most of the things that I do have a purpose, and there is not much in the way of vices to give up. I thought about something dietary, but much of my diet is dictated by what I can afford and what I have time for at this point. When I get a new job and can actually be home for meals, I might try something like that, but this year is not the year.

I then realized that I do have one vice: negativity. I often fall into the trap of bashing someone or something about this or that. So, for the 40 days of Lent, I shall not say anything unproductively negative about any person or thing. This does not mean that I cannot criticize if the criticism is designed to elicit improvement in some way, but it means that I cannot bitch and moan about anything.


Speaking of someone that I have never had occasion to be negative about, this week is LittleWho's birthday. Annie and I are making her a birthday dinner. Annie has been practicing making angel food cake all week, and she has it pretty close to down.

We have also arranged to bring her with us to Wicked Faire which is awesome. It is particularly awesome because it means that we will not have to rush her to her 10 AM class in the morning for once. (Silly everyday classes.)


Annie and I have been waking up lately feeling crappy. We concluded that there was something about our room that was unhealthy, but we were not sure what it was. Then it occurred to me that we had never cleaned out the heating unit. We have baseboard heat which means that there is no real airflow through it. This means that dust accumulates in it. Particles of the dust then hit the heating element, burn and release tiny bits of smoke. Not enough to see or smell, but enough that if you breath is overnight you get a gunky throat, stuffy nose and achy head. Last night I cleaned out the heating unit, and sure enough, this morning we woke bright eyed and bushy tailed! SCIENCE for the win!
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Bravo on your Lent thingie, and yay for science!
I think that that is a wonderful goal. Ian and I have been working on something similar. Part of what has helped me work on banishing negativity is becoming aware of when I say "No", (which I say a lot), which has led me to consider my reactions a lot more closely and to go beyond my gut negative reactions.

This might be an interesting thing to talk about over dinner sometime with my family and you guys.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday dinner and great time at Wicked!