The following article was written by Steve Scanlon, a long time friend and partner in the business. You can connect to Steve’s blog by clicking on the Reality and Hope link below. I found this article to be very insightful and have taken on the challenge that Steve proposes. Enjoy the read….Are YOU up for the challenge?
40 days is an interesting timeframe. Making a sacrifice or taking on a good discipline for a 40 day period could be a very healthy thing for you. If you are Roman Catholic, or happen to live in New Orleans, you probably know where I am going with this.
Today is Fat Tuesday. You may know it by the French translation, Mardi Gras.
I must say that I am not a fan of what this particular day represents. It is essentially a day to live it up and involve yoruself in all of the immoral, unethical, undisciplined behavior you can so that starting tomorrow you can live some other reality for 40 days. That seems counterintuitive to me, but hey, it’s tradition, what can you do?
Where I want to take Reality and Hope today is to challenge you to be in Lent. If this has a specific spiritual meaning for you, that’s great – may you take it seriously and may it have a strong impact on your soul. If you have no spiritual connection to this concept, I want to invite you on the journey anyway.
Starting tomorrow for 40 days, what are you willing to sacrifice? What would make you uncomfortable to have to give up?
It you went back and read my previous blogs, you may notice the theme that personal and professional sacrifice is a good thing. It is hugely counter-culteral. We seem to be living in a world that promotes the very opposite – personal happiness and satisfaction. Why is it, then, that almost every great sage in human history espouses sacrifice – particularly the kind that serves others-as one of the great keys to having a fulfilling life?
In this spirit, I present this challenge to you. What, for your own betterment or the betterment of others, would you be willing to let go of for 40 days?
I am humbled by the fact that hundreds of people read this blog, and it is my hope that every one of us will take action. May whatever you choose be challenging, may it cause discomfort, and may it sharpen you and make you a better person.
Lent starts Feb 17th and ends Sunday, April 4th. All aboard!