A Lenten Promise? A Lenten Project? We’ll See

This may sound a little odd, but I have always really loved Lent.  Not just Easter, Lent.  That 40-day stretch is a nice time for me to wonder how to be a better person, how to offer more to my family and friends and, in many cases, it is a time for self-betterment.

I always feel a little ambiguous about Lenten promises or giving things up for Lent designed to make me a better person.  The selfishness of these choices seems counter-intuitive to what Lent is about.  I found time to go to church today though and the priest giving the homily put a spin on Lent I really liked.  Speaking of Ash Wednesday, he talked about the symbol of ashes as rebirth.  He encouraged us to think about what in our life might need a rebirth.

As I got to thinking, my mind drifted to this poor, neglected blog.  It gets the short end of the stick so often because I decide I am tired or that I have nothing to write about.  But I also know that, someday in a perfect world, I want to write the cultural think pieces of a Grantland, Vulture, or Previously.TV and I won’t do that without trying.

So now is the time to try.  For the next 40 days I am going to find something to write about every day.  I can tell you right now, several of those days will be spent revisiting Top Chef Season 1, a show I recently re-watched and found I had a lot to say about.  Some days will be spent talking about LA, where I will be spending two weekends over the next month.  And some days I may need some help, so if there is ever anything you wanted my opinion on, now is the time to ask.

I am not normally one to write about something when I don’t have something to say, but now is the time to see if I can do it.  It is a challenge that is probably too selfish to call a Lenten promise, but I hope it will help me rekindle something I’ve been trying to get a grasp on for several years now.

Pray for me?

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