The Lenten Challenge
Rick Matz is one of Colin’s long time Martial Arts blogging buddy, and an IAOMAS friend. His blog Cook Ding’s Kitchen is well known amongst martial arts bloggers online. He describes his Lenten Challenge.
Every year since the mid 1990’s, I have thrown out the Lenten Challenge to my martial arts buddies. It has nothing to do with Christianity or religion (unless you want it to). We are simply using this time as a convenient reminder to rededicate ourselves to our training. It’s kind of hard to miss either Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which is also Paczki Day!) or Easter Sunday (Bunnies, candy, colored eggs; that stuff). Several of us have been doing this for years now.
The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Mar 5) until the day before Easter (April 19), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
It’s not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
It doesn’t have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat, immersing yourself in something new; anything – do it every day, without fail.
In the past on some forums, people have posted what they’ve done everyday. I think everyone who’s done that has become tired of writing, and the others get tired of reading it.
How about you just post if you’ve had some breakthrough, or you’ve had to overcome some unusual circumstance to continue your training? Maybe just check in every once in a while to let everyone know you’re keeping at it, or to encourage everyone else to keep at it.
If you fail, no one will hate you. If you fall off of the wagon, climb back on board. Start anew.
For those of you who already train everyday anyway, by all means continue and be supportive of the rest of us. For the rest of us who intend to train everyday, but sometimes come up short due to life’s propensity for unraveling even the best laid plans, here is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and show your resolution.
Won’t you join me?
Rick Matz has a background in Aikido, Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and Wujifa. He has authored the Cook Ding’s Kitchen blog for almost 10 years and is the author of two modest eBooks: A Kung Fu Carry Out and The Phoenix Tastes a Lot Like Chicken.
To update us on your progress, you may go to The Lenten Challenge status update on FB.
Rick is based in Detroit, Michigan.