On Ash Wednesday, I outlined my goals for Lent. Here’s how I fared on Day 7……
Counting My Blessings – Five Things for Which I Am Thankful (listed in no particular order):
- Encouragement. Some of the things people have said about my blog have really humbled and motivated me. This novice endeavor is my attempt at getting back into the swing of things in terms of putting pen to paper (so to speak), after spending the past five years working as an administrative assistant. I’d love to work in the journalism field (my college background), but my confidence has been pretty low after taking such a long break.
- Indoor plumbing. My Busia told me a story about making her little brother walk her to their outhouse at night because she was afraid of being alone in the dark outside. I am thankful that I can do my business comfortably and safely within my own home and most public places. It’s difficult to fathom that so many people in today’s world still lack running water.
- The two ancient, twin-sized mattresses on the floor upstairs. During this transitional period, I’m temporarily without my comfy, king-sized mattress (it’s in storage). For now, I’m sleeping on two twins that I pushed together on the floor. There are no box springs; one is higher than the other; and I can feel all the springs poking me through one of them. The next time I fix my mouth to complain about the backache they cause, I will remember that there is a person on a park bench somewhere who would gladly trade sleeping arrangements with me.
- Living in a democratic nation. People are so wrapped up in Republican vs. Democrat politics because of the impending presidential election (this includes me sometimes). Today, I am choosing to be happy that I live in a country where I am allowed to say and do anything I want. I can’t imagine what it would be like for my government to tell me that, because I’m a woman, I cannot drive, read, or even speak or laugh in public.
- My deteriorating eyesight. The other day, I saw a blind woman walking down the street alone. How dangerous! How silly I would sound complaining to her that I’m starting to squint because I’ve spent too much time reading from a computer screen over the past five years.
Fasting Research of the Day: I typed a few variations of “fast, mourning” into my search engine, and skimmed a few articles. Didn’t find anything I wanted to read. Instead, I placed my order for 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Will be here in two days. I cannot wait to read it!
Nonprofit/Charity of the Day: Children’s Miracle Network
Today, we ate breakfast at IHOP because they were offering free shortstacks in lieu of donations to multiple charities. I think the Children’s Miracle Network was one of them (there was only one donation box, and it didn’t specify one charity in particular).
CMN is devoted to improving health care for children. This encompasses all kinds of illnesses and injuries; it is not exclusive to any specific diagnoses. Overhead costs are paid solely by national sponsors, so any other charitable donations are used directly for that health care. CMN is based in Wisconsin, but has 170 hospitals nationwide.
Swear Jar Contribution: $0.00 (Good for me! Bad for the charity who will be getting a tiny donation.)
Stockpile Item to Donate: Degree Antiperspirant for Women & Degree Antiperspirant for Men
If anyone else is doing something special for Lent and could use some encouragement, please feel free to leave a comment about it!
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