It’s Ash Wednesday, and there are many people walking around midtown with black smudges on their foreheads. There are a few people in my office, too, who had gone to church that morning to commemorate the beginning of the season.
Just for fun, a few colleagues who sit near me decided on Tuesday that they would give up going out to lunch for Lent – the rule was that they would have to bring home made lunch from now until Easter. They asked me if I wanted to join in, to see how long we could last, and I agreed. Not for religious reasons, but for the challenge. Also, I figured that it would be healthier anyway – for not just my overall health, but also my waistline and wallet. And I’m sure that I’ll be able to stick to it the whole time – I almost always bring my lunch anyway.
So, five of us have taken on the challenge. It’s day one, and only four of us have stuck to the agreement – one of the guys couldn’t even make it through the first day. If only he realized what might happen if he just gave up take out for a month or so – how his health might improve, even if he generally feels ok, maybe he wouldn’t have given up so easily.