Some of you may remember that I am conducting "an experimental mutiny against excess" inspired by Jen Hatmaker (and Jesus).
The first month involved eating only 7 kinds of food. My original list was: sweet potatoes, beans, apples, bananas, rice, eggs and tomatoes. Well, that didn't last as long as I thought it would, and I ended up adding all fruits and vegetables. Call me a big fat cheater, but this was the right decision for me. As I
1. Absolute gratitude for the food I have in front of me.
2. The practice of remembering of those who don't have enough to eat.
3. Just because I can eat it, doesn't mean I should.
I ate a vegetarian diet this month (minus the eggs) and that suited me. Tacos from Jalisco's also suit me, so I will aim towards a mostly vegetarian diet. I just feel more peaceful with fewer animals in my diet.
Enter Month 2- Clothes
This month I will be wearing just 7 articles of clothing. To be fair, my earrings won't count, but I'll wear the same pair all month. I will also give myself the freedom of wearing one accessory- it will be something that was handmade in another country and I will use that item to remind me to pray for the hands that made it, and for the country in was made in.
In Jen's book (we're on a first name basis now!), she says the following in the chapter about clothes:
"I hope one day clothes and appearance and everyone else's assessment doesn't even occur to me. I would like to be so focused on the valuable that what I'm wearing doesn't even warrant mental space."
Full disclosure: I have an appointment to get my hair cut and colored this week. That doesn't exactly fit into my schema of asceticism in the area of appearance. Reader, I have a lot to learn.