My plans for Lent

My plans for Lent

As a practicing Catholic, I observe the season of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period, beginning Ash Wednesday (March 2 this year) and ending on Holy Thursday (April 14), during which Christians engage in a special level of prayer, repentance, and charitable works aimed at identifying ourselves with the sacrifices of Jesus Christ, particularly his 40-day period in the desert, and to prepare ourselves for Easter.

You probably know that Christians and fellow-travelers often give things up for Lent. In the past, I have given up social media for Lent. I will be doing so again in 2022 so that I can reclaim some of the time, attention, and head-space that social media unfortunately sublimates away from me when I use it.

This year I am especially aware of the negative effects of social media on my well-being. I wrote a little about this here. Since posting that page, I've allowed myself to use social media, particularly Twitter, more and more, and it's not been a net positive experience. Generally speaking, I'm realizing Twitter is not what I want my personal or professional persona to resemble.  So I'll be dropping it, and other services like it, for 40 days – if not more.

This means:

  • I will be logged out of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit from March 2 through April 14.
  • I will not be posting to any of these services except scheduled posts and auto-posts generated by my blog or set up through a third-party service (Buffer). I.e. you will still see content from me but I am not "around".
  • I will not be responding to @-replies or direct messages on any of these services. If you really need to contact me, you can send an email to talbertr@gvsu.edu or use the Contact form on this website.

You are still welcome to contact me if you are interested in having me give a talk or workshop, if you need something or have a question, or just want to say hi.

If you're interested in exploring a Lenten experience of your own this year, I highly recommend Lent with Pope Benedict XVI which gives short daily meditations taken from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's many amazing homilies and writings.