These 50 Days

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Happy Easter!

It’s a season, so I can still say that.

People often make New Year’s resolutions, and of course, some make intentional choices and changes for Lent. But how about initiating something intentional during the Easter season too — a new practice, a new question, a new wondering, a new framework?

Perhaps it’s surprising that we don’t often think about Easter as a season in this way. After all, it is about new life, so there are some good possibilities there! Easter is a season that is 50 days long. From now to May 20 (Pentecost), how might we practice what is calling us into new life?

I’m going to try something, and I’m curious to see where it will take me:

For the next 50 days, I’m going to spend less time on social media — not 0, but much less — and instead, I’m going to prioritize having more purposeful, intentional, in-real-life conversations.

I started this yesterday, and it was wonderful. I called a bunch of former students yesterday to wish them a Happy Easter and hear how they are doing. I’m grateful for opportunities to keep in touch via texts and messenger apps, but some aspects of conversation are just more possible with actual voice.

You can go deeper in conversation and talk about more meaningful things, of course. But you can also hear and laugh about more mundane things, and this is somehow extra rich also — the funny mix-up that happened that morning, the realization that a return trip to the grocery store is in order, that today needs a good nap (yes, I woke someone up when I called).

All of this (well, minus waking someone up – sorry!) was really so wonderful.

I’m curious what kind of impact this might have over the next 50 days. What about you?

Renee Roederer

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