Thursday, February 15, 2007
Fat Tuesday... Ash Wednesday
On one of my quilting email lists, Tilde Binger of Copenhagen, Denmark, a former pastor and now at the University of Copenhagen, teaching OT -- studies to students of theology, has offered those of us on the list a “Lenten challenge.”
Tilde has done this for us for several years and last year, I gave up buying fabric for Lent. And I stuck to it! A couple times it hurt, but isn’t it supposed to at least be important, if not actually painful?
Tilde is offering her Lenten challenge to “the list” again this year and with her permission, I’m reposting some of her discussion and instructions here:
“In days of yore, Fat Tuesday was the last day before lean Lent set in, and therefore, it was the day where you used the last of the fat, the pork, the eggs, the cream. Whatever contained lots of cholesterol and fat and had potential BCBs (burnt, crunchy bits). And you ate it! What you couldn’t eat yourself, you distributed to the poor.”
Tilde is asking us, for Fat Tuesday, to give away some of our beloved stash of fabric, patterns, etc.! How ghastly! Which means it’s really going to hurt. Which also means I’m really going to feel I’ve “done” something.
Tilde’s Lenten challenge is equally daunting. Yet again, with her permission, here are her rules for this year:
“1. You don’t have to take it!
“2. If you want to give up something for Lent for reasons of faith, but have trouble: please remember that even quite strict parts of Christianity admit that Sunday is not a day of fasting, since Jesus rose on a Sunday.
“3. Adapt the challenge to fit you and your schedule!
“4. If you really want to take this Lenten challenge, but know that you won’t be able to, try using the Lent period to question your buys and your starts. Is this “necessary” or just “nice?” Personal isn’t the same as important, you know and wanting something is very different from needing something.
“Occasionally, just occasionally, we need to question ourselves and our habits of spending ... ourselves, our money, our time. If you know now, that you will be able to not start any new projects, but not go no-shopping, or vice versa, join part of the challenge.
“5. Consider option # 1 and give up “something else” for Lent.
“I made up the Lenten challenge because it is meaningful to me, and because it actually is a challenge to me. It isn’t “really, really” hard to give up spending money on my hobby for less than two months, but ... it isn’t easy either.”
This year, Tilde is asking those of us who accept the challenge, to not only not buy fabric, but to also not start anything new! This means I have to actually finish something I’ve started, if I want to quilt!
Tilde offers consolation though -- “it’ll all still be there on April 8, when Lent ends.”
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