Monday, October 02, 2006

Continuing on

Ramadan is going by quickly for me this year. Not to say that it is easy, but somehow yesterday when I looked at my calendar and saw that today would be the 11th day, my feeling was more one of "Wow, 11 days already!" than "Oh, no, 19 days to go. How will I do it?"

Hard things:

Not just being hungry, but also having cravings to eat, which is not the same thing at all. Being hungry can be physically uncomfortable, but wanting to eat seems more insidious. Sometimes I think my hands are going to sneak something into my mouth when I'm not paying attention, if that doesn't sound too ridiculous.

Wanting tea when my throat hurts.

Feeling cold and tired.

Having my face look like something that belongs on a pirate flag.

Good things:

Knowing I'm doing something that is difficult for me.

Sharing this month with my family and friends.

Remembering how lucky I am to have the physical strength and well-being to fast, and how fortunate I am to be able to choose to fast. How many people are unable to fast due to chronic sickness? How many people on this earth never know when their next meal will come?

Drinking water during the evening. Every sip I take during Ramadan tastes wonderful.

Having the time and the motivation to reflect by myself on my beliefs and values.


Blogger Vivian said...

It's so good to have a mental and physical cleansing once in awhile. Too bad most people freak out at the idea of it -- their loss.

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