Lent 2010: Day 1

Okay, so it didn’t go so great today. I was up late watching the Olympics. Well, jeepers, they only happen every four years.

I’m not sure why, but for someone as apathetic about sports in general, I just love the Olympics — and it has to be the Olympics. I mean, sit me down in front of cross country skiing any other time of year and you might as well set me down in front of a bowl of Jell-O with marshmallows (a joke for the faithful reader). Sit me down in front of Olympic cross country skiing and I am all, “How about that Dario Cologna!! Go Switzerland!!”
Maybe it’s the idea, you know? It’s theoretically a time of peace when countries put aside their differences to play games. The athletes promise,

In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.

Could we somehow adapt that promise to other areas of our lives? Could we take an oath at church or the PTA or even our own homes?

In the name of our family I promise that we shall take part in this day of life, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern it, committing ourselves to a day without doping and without drugs in the true spirit of humanity for the glory of life and the honor of our family name.

Or maybe I am making excuses for not getting my butt out of bed.

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