We are talking to the little people about Lent and sacrifice. As we went through the discussion, the nine year old asks what we will be giving up for Lent this year. Of course my wife had an answer. Then again, she’s the smart one. I’m just the super market eye candy. At this point, the kids turned to me and stared. Waiting for me to answer. Like any average sales person who has watched The Wolf Of Wallstreet, they knew the next couple minutes were critical. The first person to talk loses the negotiation. So we stared for a couple minutes and I yelled the first three things that were troubling me. SODA, FAST FOOD AND FACEBOOK. It was like the scene, in A Christmas Story, when the boy dropped the lug nuts while the father changed the tire. Except I said something crazier than the S word.
As I sat there, I couldn’t believe the words that came out of my mouth. I just told my kids I was going to give up my three favorite thing for 40 days. I can’t go 40 hours without those things. How am I to go 40 days cold turkey. At that moment, the kids ran up to their room and came back down stairs with all the money they could muster. They threw the money on the table and yelled “LETS MAKE THIS INTERESTING!”
Someone’s kids have been watching to much television. We’ll discuss that on here at a later time.
Maybe it’s time to let my thumbs and body take a 40 day rest. Maybe they’re right. Last week, my son said my nickname should be “Mr Twitter”.
Well…let’s give this a go. To one up this Lenten challenge, I will be giving up social media, soda and fast food. This should be interesting.
But, kahuna, what about your personal brand??? Are you scared your Klout will drop? I’m okay with that.
Side note: I am not totally giving up social media, I was on the fence about 40 days of no contact from my Big Fella accountability group. So, every night for five minutes I will check in with the group. Why? Because I need them and they need me. Part of my Big Fella success lies with them. Their success inspires me. I will not be posting to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I will be posting weekly Big Fella Weight Loss Updates from this site and some motivational posts after the big runs coming up this month. As well as the Balcony Dad site Where I write about dad stuff.
So…how many days do you think I make it? My kids think I’ll crack in the first 24 hours. My wife doesn’t think I’ll make it to sundown.
What’s the longest you think you could go without these three things?
Take care, be awesome.