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Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 12:36 PM

I’m not exactly religious, but I'm down with the spirits, and I appreciate religious philosophy. I find that the basic tenets across most all religions are sound principles by which to live. Don't lie; don’t kill; don't steal; don't hump your neighbor’s husband or wife; don’t covet their cyber-life, their M@serati, M1n1 C00per, or vintage Schw1nn road bike. Share, care, do good work, and try with all God’s might and the faith of a mustard seed to isolate yourself must you pass judgment or flatulence. I can dig it. Someone's recent mention of Easter and fasting piqued my query, and I found myself stumbling upon some really interesting articles including one about the Christian lovers' ultimate dilemma...when Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday (Oh, hell no!), and another published in The C@tholic Her@ld with highlights from Pope Fr@ncis' lent address. You can find it by doing a web search of "use-lent-to-become-aware-of-false-prophets-pope-francis-says/." Aside from Catholicism and Christianity, fasting and sacrifice take forms in many religions...Judaism, Hinduism, Islam to name a few others. I've also seen secular forms take shape lately. Many among the modern human species are abstaining from a variety of indulgences from wheat to meat; microbrews to whiskey; hazelnut chocolate to porn and bacon fetishes; and even social media dependency--pledging instead to make friends in real life. In the wake of the upcoming season, I've found myself pondering if there is something I'd have a hard time giving up, and if I'd be up for the challenge and commitment. The answer: I'm gonna give it a sh0t! I'd like to start with giving up my hopes for Olympic Gold in ice skating. Yesterday I attempted a double lutz followed by a triple axel in my socks on my living room floor, and lets just say I over-rotated the landing, and will not be taking the podium. Am thinking that thumb-wrestling might be a better sport for me. I've been practicing against myself (and winning), so I'm feeling pretty optimistic about the 2020 qualifying rounds. But yes, for the next 46 days, my hopes are on the back burner (hashtag realism). Next, I'd like to give up my love of nothingness. I never knew that doing nothing could be so much fun 'til I tried it. I mean...the possibilities are endless. Who would've thought that the tiles on the ceiling could have so much personality, those endearing shades of grey. Nothin' Christian about it. Nope. Simply bound, gagged and whipped into submission by barenaked nothingness. Yes, I have to stop this. At least for 46 days. Lastly… Meat. Do I really need it? Should survival of the species become dependent upon it, could I not simply artificially inseminate my craving with a baster and a pan of tofurkey? Yes...yes, I suppose I could. In that, I will give up meat for 46 days. May the forks be with me. In addition to sacrifice, I think it's also important to aspire for gains. A zero-sum game in the least. Things might get a little dirty, but it all comes out in the wash. Gain #1. I’d like to achieve buns of steel. I will accomplish this by turning nothingness into somethingness by way of one squat or lunge per every minute spent staring at my ceiling, wall, or blank expression in the mirror. Yes. I wish to achieve a bottom so firm, it shakes your hand like it means it. Honest buns that look you in the eye when they talk to you (hashtag integrity). Gain #2. The days are getting longer, and so should my naps. Yes, it is important to keep a healthy balance of activity (refer to Gain #1) and rest. In that, I will extend my nap time by one minute for every minute the day grows longer (hashtag serenity). Gain #3. Enlightenment. I would really like to expand my intellectual capacity. I will achieve this by donating $3 to w1kiped1a so that I may enjoy guilt-free absorption of information that I can't reference in any of my academic papers. Yes...I realize they're talking to me when that window pops up stating that if everyone who uses w1kiped1a donated $3, the country wouldn't be such a shithole. My friends...we're just one sacrificed cup of tea away from making this place great again.


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Posted on May 02, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Well Lent is the 40 day long penitential period in the Catholic Church, immediately prior to the Paschal Feast (Easter) the greatest feast in the Church. The Eastern Catholic churches call this period Great Lent. There is a strong Biblical foundation for observing a 40 day period of penance and/or anticipation. The Scriptures are full of the significance, perhaps known only to God, of the number 40, so after all this info I think is correct to say Lent is important. 

 


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Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 06:45 PM

Quoting gentilily:

Thanks for doing the leg work, Rmac. 

 

Somehow, I do not feel challenged by a once a week sacrifice. Is a once a week sacrifice much different than, say, a long day on the job? The other day, I inadvertently sacrificed eating meat. In fact, I studied until 2am, and sacrificed eating anything at all after breakfast. Am thinking that, in that case, it would've been appropriate to sacrifice my sacrifice. Who should I talk to about this...I've questions. 


A once a week sacrifice where you give up all food all day (fast) every Friday and Ash Wednesday seems to me more than a long day at work.  For those younger than 18 fast only half a day all the same otherwise.  Some age young were not to fast at all as it would be very bad for them.  Babies for sure, but I don't know the cut off age.  Perhaps those younger than 12 were not to fast at all.  But I truly don't remember that cut off age.  

 

Fasting is sometimes done other than during lent in many religions as a means of focusing on some prayer / sin issue.  

 

I tried once to go without food for a few days. Not fun.  

 


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Posted on Apr 03, 2018 at 10:48 PM

Hi Miss G, for me I give up stuff I love, in return I shall receive what his will is. While tangible items are wonderful thing's to receive, to have a wonderful relationship with God and mankind is an excellent gift in return. To be inspired by God like Moses was, to go up into the mountains a normal man and come an extraordinary man, with words from the creator, the number one scholar of all humanity. 

 

As I read the scriptures I try my best to look with a spiritual eye, and when I look very very close, I  see God teaching mankind how to be a good man, a good teacher, a good physician, a good politician, a good scientist,etc. The reason I use the word good is because we can be any of those things by just attending school and universities,  but when you add the Father, Son and Holy Spirit  you become good, extraordinary in every aspect because you no longer rely on yourself, but you put faith and trust in Him who created you, and after he reveals stuff to you that you cannot get in a school or a universities you are grateful. And you become so grateful that you become a worshipper because flesh and blood did not reveal it to you. 

 

David became a worshipper because he was anointed to be king, but his anointing was much much more, he was a excellent musican,  a great warrior, a humble servant, he had excellent leadersip skills, he was chosen by God over all his brothers while he was out tending sheep, sheep,  from sheep herder to King. What did God see in David while he was out there tending them sheep,  hum.  From where I sit, he was out there protecting them sheep, he killed a lion and a bear and after the victory he probably gave God thanks. And shouted not my will but thy will,  hum you say. Yep yep. There is much much more in the story,  check it out when you have time 1st and 2nd Samuel, and remember always read the scriptures with the spiritual eye and listen with the spiritually ear.

 

And that is just a couple of reasons I fast, so my friend enjoy your search, thanks for the blog post. Off to the mountain top, and maybe just maybe I'll become a much much more humble servant/ friend.

 

 

Yours truly, Mr. Born1top. 

Love and peace. 


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Posted on Mar 03, 2018 at 06:12 PM

Your post reminds me of one of my first here...my first solo trip to Indian Pass...arrived on Easter Saturday (yes that's what the nuns called it)...arose on Easter Sunday...took an incredible walk on a beach where my only encounter was a local group surf fishing...and drinking beer.

 

On my return, I treated myself to a breakfast of smoked salmon, bagels, cream cheese, and mimosas.  I found myself posting a question...what does it mean that a lapsed Catholic Altar Boy is breakfasting on Easter Sunday on lox and bagels...and champagne and orange juice.

 

Seemed a pertinent question at the time.  I do so enjoy your words here.

 

Be well...do good work...keep in touch.


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Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 06:28 AM

Thank you, for your contribution Gentilily. I strongly agree with you that we should develop the character trait we wish to attract.

Its tough though because the biggest struggle is 'overcoming resistance'. 

 



Real beauty never dies as it is eternal encompassing the Soul. It is referred as classical beauty because it doesn't go with the latest fashion trend but maintains its peculiar style over generations. Classical beauty radiates the content of the vessel. The body over time will wear and tear, the wrinkles will come out to mar the once perfect finish but the internal beauty of the Soul will transcend beyond the degeneration of the body to be the beauty that surpasses time.
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Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 07:47 AM

Quoting gentilily:

Thanks for doing the leg work, Rmac. 

 

Somehow, I do not feel challenged by a once a week sacrifice. Is a once a week sacrifice much different than, say, a long day on the job? The other day, I inadvertently sacrificed eating meat. In fact, I studied until 2am, and sacrificed eating anything at all after breakfast. Am thinking that, in that case, it would've been appropriate to sacrifice my sacrifice. Who should I talk to about this...I've questions. 



-- gentilily  --

 

I think sacrificing that sacrifice a good idea.  Sort of like giving up giving up eating.  Survival depends on it. 

 

Given that we have the choices of every day of lent and essentially once a week during lent, it would seem that adding Monday is a viable choice.  Still not enough add Wednesday.  Still thinking that not enough try adding Tuesday and Thursday instead of Wednesday.  Still not enough.  There is no hope for you -- you only get steak on the weekends,

 

-- rmac --


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Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 07:13 AM

Quoting rmac22:

-- gentilily  --

 

I looked up the "rules."  By the folks who set all this stuff up in the first place.   

 

One has the choice of giving up whatever for all 46 days or one can just give them up for Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of the Lenten season.  Up to you how big your sacrifice is going to be.  

 

I know, I just took all the fun out of it.   

 

-- rmac --

 

 

 

 



Thanks for doing the leg work, Rmac. 

 

Somehow, I do not feel challenged by a once a week sacrifice. Is a once a week sacrifice much different than, say, a long day on the job? The other day, I inadvertently sacrificed eating meat. In fact, I studied until 2am, and sacrificed eating anything at all after breakfast. Am thinking that, in that case, it would've been appropriate to sacrifice my sacrifice. Who should I talk to about this...I've questions. 


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Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 12:45 PM

-- gentilily  --

 

I looked up the "rules."  By the folks who set all this stuff up in the first place.   

 

One has the choice of giving up whatever for all 46 days or one can just give them up for Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of the Lenten season.  Up to you how big your sacrifice is going to be.  

 

I know, I just took all the fun out of it.   

 

-- rmac --

 

 

 

 


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Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 12:28 AM

Quoting jjhintn:

I lost count of the "thumbs up" moments in your post.

 

I am so humbled by your stream of ideas.

 

And I joy in your words...do please continue to publish.



That's very kind of you to share. Am humbled by your comments. Thank you, JJ. 


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Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 12:25 AM

Quoting Gentlebreeze2016:

@gentilily I am trying to stick with fish and eggs and no meat.



I am considering the same approach, Gentlebreeze.

 

 ****Spoiler alert**** Spoiler alert****Spoiler alert****

 

Whatever you do DO NOT web search "Is it ok to eat fish everyday." It will ruin your whole meal and lent plan...spare yourself, and stick with plausible deniability. There is no other hope.

 

As of now, I'm uncertain as to whether this fast is supposed to be for 46 consecutive days or over the course of 46 days, but only on Fridays. I'm really interested to know the answer to this, but plausible deniability allows me to cheat and get away with it for now. Care to ruin it for me??

 

 

 


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Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 12:13 AM

Quoting ClassicBeauty40:

I love the satire in your article, fun with enlightenment. I will like to give up the following;

  •  Idle chatter for Productive conversation
  • Seriousness for Humor since 'work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.
  • My plans for God's Universal plan for my destiny
  • Counting my losses rather than gains
  • Being too hard on myself for perfection with an acceptance of my weakness/vulnerabilities
  • Self to others
  • Solitude for outreach
  • Seeking Love to attracting Love


What a though-provoking list, Beauty...thanks for sharing. I could speak at lengths (imagine that) on all of them, but I'd say that "Being too hard on myself for perfection with an acceptance of my weakness/vulnerabilities" and "Seeking Love to attracting Love" resonate most with me at this time. 

 

I wouldn't say that I strive for perfection necessarily, but I find that I strive to achieve completeness almost to a fault. Sometimes I have ideal situations in my mind, and find myself dissatisfied with anything less. At times, I think it can be attributed to the struggle of simplicity. Recently I was having breakfast at home, and I really, really, really wanted to have a cup of chai to complete my meal and flavor experience. Sadly, I was out of chai but spent the next some minutes searching my work bag, travel bag, car bag, everything drawer and anyplace where I might find just one miracle bag of chai. Not only did I fail to find the tea bag that would have completed the perfect palate experience, but after wasting my time searching for nothing, my breakfast was cold. I sort of kicked myself for having not given up and simply gone with the Cranberry Zinger in the first place, but perfection made me do it. 

 

One must choose their battles of perfectionism. 

 

I struggle most with this in projects, I think. I'd rather take a 10% deduction and submit  a day late what I feel is a perfect (or near-perfect) paper rather than submit something that isnt my best work. Meanwhile, my classmates may submit mediocre work and receive the same grade (an 88% is a hard pill to swallow when you've delivered perfection). But--apparently--I'm doin' it wrong. Gonna try to give up perfection. An A-minus never hurt nobody.

 

Seeking Love to attracting Love...

 

That's big, Beauty. I think it can be easy to feel entitled to love and an ideal partnership. The challenge is in examining ourselves with a critical eye and the vulnerability to ask ourselves, "Do I exemplify the qualities I wish to attract?" I think it is pertinent to ask why those qualities are important, and how those qualities will add value to our experience in life. Essentially, I think that "Be the love you wish to attract" might be a good principle to follow. I find attraction to be an elusive mix of osmosis, diffusion and polarity with unexpected variables of random permeation.  

 

 


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Posted on Feb 18, 2018 at 11:24 PM

Quoting rmac22:

-- gentilily --

 

I gave up smoking my pipes way back in the long ago dim distant past.  Do I have to start smoking them again to count giving them up.  I think not.  I think perseverance for this long should count too.  

 

-- rmac --

 



Congrats on giving up smoking pipes, Rmac! Am thinking that your lungs will be quite disappointed should you start smoking them again just to count giving them up. Good news though...T@co Bell has this new menu item called Nacho Fries or something. I accidentally ate some at some odd hour in the morning having realized after working on a project that I hadn't eaten since lunch (no bueno). It was a pretty terrible experience, those nacho fries...artificially flavored pieces of lost souls (it sounded like a good idea at the time). I recommend that you try them ONLY so that you can give them up IMMEDIATELY. But yes, as for the pipes...kudos for perseverance :). 


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Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 07:41 PM

I lost count of the "thumbs up" moments in your post.

 

I am so humbled by your stream of ideas.

 

And I joy in your words...do please continue to publish.


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Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 01:25 PM

@gentilily I am trying to stick with fish and eggs and no meat.



Carpe diem
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Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 02:30 AM

I love the satire in your article, fun with enlightenment. I will like to give up the following;

  •  Idle chatter for Productive conversation
  • Seriousness for Humor since 'work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.
  • My plans for God's Universal plan for my destiny
  • Counting my losses rather than gains
  • Being too hard on myself for perfection with an acceptance of my weakness/vulnerabilities
  • Self to others
  • Solitude for outreach
  • Seeking Love to attracting Love


Real beauty never dies as it is eternal encompassing the Soul. It is referred as classical beauty because it doesn't go with the latest fashion trend but maintains its peculiar style over generations. Classical beauty radiates the content of the vessel. The body over time will wear and tear, the wrinkles will come out to mar the once perfect finish but the internal beauty of the Soul will transcend beyond the degeneration of the body to be the beauty that surpasses time.
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Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:06 PM

-- gentilily --

 

I gave up smoking my pipes way back in the long ago dim distant past.  Do I have to start smoking them again to count giving them up.  I think not.  I think perseverance for this long should count too.  

 

-- rmac --

 


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Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 12:38 PM

cont... But I have to admit that I'm struggling with a tugging question, a loophole, a potential caveat of sorts. Is it ok to cheat? I mean...could I have a main dish of colorful, nutrient-dense vegetables with the occasional filet on the side, medium-rare with a balsamic reduction, so long as I'm in a different area code or something? I take a breath and remind myself that even should one indulge his or her suppressed appetite for a fine cut of prime in the secrecy of an isolated booth in a restaurant at the no-tell motel...Skydaddy is still watching, and to think it is to do it, sayeth the Lord. Holycow. Ok, ok, ok! I won't eat meat, I won't eat meat, I won't eat meat...and I promise not to buy buttpads. Bring on the squats and the baster...I’m all in. What about you...What will you give up, and what would you like to gain? You may think that you have everything to lose and nothing to gain, and...well, friend...you’re probably right. In this case, I echo the wise words of my dear friend Homer S1mpson who ascertains, "If something's too hard to do, it's not worth doing (hashtag nothingnessAF)." You can always resort to staring at the ceiling or wall or your blank expression in the mirror (hashtag funtimesforever). Well...get at it, already!

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