In a world of extremes, here’s to the middle-of-the-road, the average, the tolerant, and the nice.
It’s Good Friday and people who gave up something for Lent will be looking forward to indulging in it again in a couple of days!
I’ve only ever done it once before this year. A friend decided to give up chocolate and asked me to do the same, for support. It was only after Easter, when I’d succeeded, that she admitted she’d given up giving up after less than a week!
This year, I decided to give up alcohol for Lent. Not that I’m much of a drinker – glass of wine to unwind in the evening is usually plenty.
Lent started this year on February 15. Unfortunately, on February 17, I visited a not-long widowed relative, and as she would only ‘treat’ herself to a glass of wine if I had one…
Ok, so it wasn’t a great start to abstinence. But I did then stick to it until a friend and I went into a shop on March 10 that was giving out free glasses of Prosecco to customers that weekend for Mother’s Day.
I was so excited at the free gift, I actually forgot the ‘no alcohol’ thing until after I’d drunk it!
Since then, I’ve fallen off the giving up thing ‘just’ once more: when someone handed me coffee with a shot of whisky in it I hadn’t asked for.
Amended Lent resolution: not to drink alcohol unless handed a glass I didn’t ask for!
And no, I don’t plan to ‘make up for lost time’ on Easter Day! Nor will I go teetotal.
Moderation in all things
If there is one thing I can’t tolerate, it’s intolerance. And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s people trying to ram their beliefs (political, religious, or otherwise) down my throat on the basis that they are right and anyone who thinks differently is wrong.
There’s nothing wrong with strong opinions. There is everything wrong with bullying or using violence on those who disagree.
Whatever your beliefs (or disbeliefs), there is no reason everyone on the planet can’t stick by one bit of the Sermon on the Mount. Because the world would be a happier place if people of all faiths and none stuck with the basics of ‘do as you would be done by’.
In fact, the world would be a happier place if everybody followed one single commandment: