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Friday, October 9, 2009

Fasting From Clean

For the past couple of days I have had to try really hard to fast from myself, but it hasn't been easy. Actually out of all the days I have fasted , this was the hardest. I didn't realize how difficult it is to give up my own wants and desires to serve another! I really want to keep this one as a discipline in my life, too often I forget that it’s not about ME!

Here is today's challenge:

“It’s amazing how much my definition of clean changed”
~
Mike Yankoski after choosing to live on the streets for 6 months

One of the first things non-westerners seem to notice when traveling to a “wealthy nation” like ours is the high priority we place on cleanliness. Trash is collected in bins, restaurants undergo strict hygiene inspections, yards are pristine, pets are flea-free, and clothes are worn only once or twice before being washed. We have even been taught to associate “cleanliness” with “godliness” (i.e. good people live in clean neighborhoods, and bad people live in dirty neighborhoods; good people are bathed and well-dressed, and bad people are unwashed and wear dirty clothes).

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Today, choose to be “unclean.” Give up your shower, toothbrush, deodorant, etc., and identify with those who may rarely experience those luxuries.

Well I am on the right track so far, no shower this morning, no brushing my teeth, and no deodorant(this one was the hardest). I am just pretending I am on a camping trip :).

Last night our Thursday Night Group went out to dinner at a local Chinese Bistro, and once again I ordered very wisely (eating out two nights in a row is something we rarely do). I ordered the grilled pineapple chicken with steamed veggies, and the sauce on the side.

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This was actually a lot better then last nights dinner, I would so order this again.

After our fun night out with the group, I met up with my girlfriends and watched some Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

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And of course we had to make a trip to the market for some Moose Tracks Slow Churned Ice-Cream, to complete the evening!

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What a fun night!

Tonight I am going to Skinny Brides dress rehearsal for her big DAY tomorrow! I can’t believe she is getting married tomorrow so crazy!!!! I can’t wait to show you all pictures she is going to look stunning!

So, do you think you could fast from “clean” for a day?

13 comments:

Katie A. said...

Wow, I am not sure I could actually abstain from those items. I really can't stand to not shower or brush my teeth. Those would be difficult! But it does make me stop and realize that we do put such an importance on our outward apperance that sometimes it does get in the way. Have a good Friday! :)

Trish said...

I totally could not give up being clean. Especially not on days I work out. And not brushing my teeth?!??! I would spend all day worrying about my teeth rotting.

I think that rather than give stuff up, I would prefer to share the wealth and donate items or money.

marathonmaiden said...

not to sure i could give up "clean". i really really love feeling squeaky clean and have an issue hopping into bed at night without being clean --definitely a clean freak here :)

Diana said...

You're really committed to this, it's inspiring. :)

Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life said...

Wow!! Good for you Bobbi!! You are such an inspiration sacrificing so much! Have a good weekend!

cassandra said...

What a neat concept to try to "fast from yourself" I love it! I am up for a chellenge just to see how far I can take it! Showering is not always a priority of mine hehe, so that would not be hard at all. My BF was dared in HS to not wash his hair and wear the same clothes like Doug Funny for the last semester of Senior year...and he did it! He is a rebel, but then I found out that his mom washed his clothes everynight. haha! Have a great weekend!

seesaraheat said...

Such a neat concept! I have definitely gone without showering and deodorant before and I have to say, there is something liberating about that. But I don't know if I could go without teeth brushing. But I'm sure I could do it for a day ;-)

Have fun at the wedding!

Andee (Runtolive) said...

Wow that would be hard to give up, kudos for going through with it!

Rio Runs said...

I've inadvertently done it while camping once. So I think I could do it, but probably not enjoy it very much.

Lindsay said...

Wow. I don't know if I could. I can go without showering but no toothbrush or deodorant would be really hard.

monicac2 said...

The toothbrush would be a tough one! But maybe being creative and sucking on a lemon slice or eating a tablespoon of baking soda would help!

Good for you for sticking to the fast!

Krista said...

I really admire your fasting! Makes me reflect on my life every time I read about your fasts, thank you for that.
I am kinda giggling though about you showing up to a wedding rehearsal all stinky though, forgive me. =)

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Wow! I don't know if I could give up being clean--I would definitely try though!

Have a great weekend!