Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.


Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Sunday, December 01, 2013

Advent Challenge 2013

Today begins the season of Advent in the Catholic Church. It is a time of waiting and preparation for Christmas. Advent begins four Sundays prior to Chistmas and ends on Christmas Day. Advent lasts for a little over four weeks.

As a warm up for the Lenten Challenge, I would like to issue the Advent Challenge.

Beginning today and through Christmas, in spite of the business and general insanity of the season, find a way to train every day. Do what you have to; move heaven and earth, but train every day. Even if it's just a little. No excuses.

These challenges are a form of Shuugyou Renshuu, or "Austere Training." There is a very good article about Shuugyou Renshuu right here.

I plan on tracking my progress each day on Lift, where  I've created an "Advent Challenge" habit.

Won't you join me?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

thank you very much.
I really need this right now

Rick Matz said...

We all do.

walt said...

Water reaches its goal by flowing continuously. The superior man follows its example; he is concerned that goodness should be an established attribute of character.... Everything depends on consistency, for it is only through repetition that the pupil makes the material his own.
-- I Ching

Therefore, despite an unusual cluster of pending obligations and appointments, I accept your challenge. It'll be good to know others are working at it as well.

Rick Matz said...

It is because of the pending obligations and appointments that I think this is relevant.

Compass Architect said...

It is an idea whose time has come. ...

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