Perhaps it’s divine intervention, but I added another pound today. I weighed in at 150.5, which is to say that I’ve lost a total of 10 pounds in the first seven days of the fast. Again, today was excellent, physically.
I’m still fielding persistent media queries, and since some of them include follow-ups down the road, I think that despite Libya and Japan, folks will continue to pay attention to my little study. This is fine with me as long as I’m able to achieve balance. On the work front, I’ve been successful so far, as today we finished our first beer-only newspaper, probably a first for this or any other paper.
The scheduling for the start of the fast couldn’t have worked out better, as the first three days took place on our least-hectic days, so if I were feeling rough I would have had flexibility for ditching in the afternoon for a nap or moaning. Not necessary. All has been well at work and at home, though I need nose plugs during dinner time.
The greater challenge has been balance with the telephone/Internet, so I look forward to turning them off again this weekend. Without that distraction, it’s easier to spend time in prayer and study. But as I said the other day, I have found my “tunnel,” and can navigate my day with acute awareness, and if I can continue to accomplish that, then all will be well. With the close of today, I finish my “Monk in the World” curriculum I mentioned the other day. It has served me well in outlining the elements of a balanced life lived in the craziness of the “real world.”
I especially connected to the day which discussed Community. I hadn’t thought about community as being a necessary element of getting through this fast (the monks certainly would have had it), but the many expressions of support have certainly been reassuring. Most folks seem to understand my motives, share my interest in the topic and a few are even fasting along with me. There is a community where I hadn’t expected one. Thanks for that.
My best to all. Cheers!