Right around the middle of February, I misplaced the power adapter for my laptop computer. I decided to use the opportunity to limit the amount of time I spend online for the season of Lent. I didn’t do a very good job of this. I needed to tell someone who needed to be able to reach me that I didn’t have my adapter. Before too long, I had another adapter, and I was spending my usual large amounts of time online again.
I’m telling you about my half-hearted fasting from time online to tell you about another fast I was recently challenged to undertake. It is not a fast from food, drink or any other sensual pleasure. It is a fast from borrowed expression, that is, quoting someone else (like Jesus, or Solomon, or Rumi) to make a point I’m trying to make. The challenger pointed out that I do this quite habitually and unconsciously, and thus fasting from this practice would encourage more conscious self-expression and behavior. I had no answer for this, therefore I not only accept the challenge, but publicly declare that I accept, that my readers may assist me in the keeping of this fast.
How long will I keep this fast? I should say in order not to give myself an easy out. Sunrise on Easter morning, March 31, 2013. I will write a post sharing the results of this practice.
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