Lent ’11: Letting Go of Judgment, Challenge 2


It is so wonderful and freeing to be taking on this challenge for Lent. I am absolutely stunned how much impact this is having in my everyday life. I find myself feeling so much more open-minded and, quite simply, at peace. What a beautiful consequence!

Did you come along for the journey last week? Even if you didn’t, I’d love to have you participate along with me at any time. There are absolutely no rules or requirements for this Lenten journey.

Last week’s challenge involved hearing someone out who has a different opinion from you.

This week’s challenge can be done all on your own. It should take you five minutes. Ready?

Challenge 2: Free-write for five minutes. Defend a different choice or view. (For example, I could write about being against vaccinations or circumcision.) Let yourself see the “other side” just for a few moments.

The idea here is to explore a different thinking process. The goal, again, is NOT to have your mind changed or even challenged. Allowing ourselves to fully immerse our thoughts in the “other side of the debate” is good for us! It encourages intelligent, critical thinking skills and forces us to set emotions aside for the moment.

Here are just a few topics to give you a jumping off point. You are more than welcome to use one, but please do not feel limited to this short list:

  • To vaccinate or not to vaccinate
  • To circumcise or not
  • Breast or bottle?
  • Pro-life or pro-choice?
  • Co-sleep? No?
  • Cry-it-out? No?
  • Homeschool? Private school? Public school?
  • Drive a big SUV? A hybrid?
  • …it could go on and on!

Feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments, if you are so inclined.

Give it a try. And come back here next Wednesday so we can talk about it and get a new challenge, okay?

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