"That would be somewhat like challenging myself to eat 2 desserts per day, or sleep 9 hours a day."
What. That's a problem?
..... ... I'm stuck on the two desserts challenge. Let's do that one.
Well, this makes me laugh every time I think about it, just like Amy's Chocolates of Delight make me smile and send a joyful prayer in Amy's direction every time I think about them.
So I sort of want to do it. Okay, Stephanie : )? Anyone else in?
I know you were joking, but joking isn't the opposite of serious, as Chesterton says.
Does it contradict my January Challenge? Perhaps it corrects it a bit. Stephanie and Lissla seem to have been challenging my challenges a bit in the combox.
In the same line of thought, I think one thing I like about the folks at Lean But Not Mean! is their joyful energy in their health quest. It's not primarily about restriction or loss or shame but about gain -- gains in energy, in joy, in strength.
My daughter once blogged about how exercise should be enjoyable, and quoted GK Chesterton:
A man ought to eat because he has a good appetite to satisfy,and emphatically not because he has a body to sustain. A man ought to take exercise not because he is too fat, but because he loves foils or horses or high mountains, and loves them for their own sake. And a man ought to marry because he has fallen in love, and emphatically not because the world requires to be populated.
I'm trying to bring a thought out here, but not entirely succeeding. Can anyone help?
Or maybe it's like trying to explain a joke and if it has to be said, it can't be.
There is beauty in dancing and desserts and high mountains and afternoon naps. St. Ignatius says they are all good. Giving some of them an extra plus value and some of them a minus value does a disservice to them in themselves. It's a sort of exploitation like the kind that Chesterton describes.
Aidan is next to me playing with his dollar store tops (hmm, I wonder if I had better go stock up); Sean is due home any time; Paddy is playing Harry Potter on the XBox360. Kieron just showed up and is donning the Ryan's Room play tunnel for some reason. I was planning to write out some lesson notes but haven't got very far.