Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dare ya

I was resting in bed from our big outing that day. Larry bounced in looking very pleased with himself. “I’ve just performed a miracle,” he said.
“Really?” I replied. “What did you do?”
“I ate one potato chip,” he said.
“And you’re not going to eat any more?” I asked.
“Nope, I closed the bag and put it away.”
“Wow-w-w,” I said. “That is a miracle.”

Adapt as necessary to your situation or suceptiblities. The rule is, to be certifiable as a bona fide miracle you can’t eat the rest of the bag (or the rest of whatever) for at least 24 hours.

Before posting my challenge here, I thought I should try it myself. So last week I did it. I also picked out a comely chip to use as a model for drawing, but I had to put it back in the bag until the next day because I kept sitting there thinking, “It might be, perhaps, more miraculous to eat two chips first, and then not eat any more…or maybe threeThat would be really amazing.”

Larry dubbed it the Power of Positive Self-Deception.


  1. I love this!!

    I fasted for 40 days at the beginning of the year. It was an enlarging, spiritual expercise. I had all types of encounters with myself and food. And while I journaled extensively, it never occured to me to draw during what I called, "The season of longing and shift". (I tend toward the silly & dramatic to ease my way. ;-) )

    Wonderful, wonderful drawings!

  2. Um, I don't know if one-potato-chip-eating would count as a spiritual exercise for me, since I don't like potato chips. I think for me it could be a (dark) chocolate chip. Hooray for religious pluralism!

  3. Alan: And hooray for non-literal interpretation! My current house guest said some minty thing she's addicted to would be her challenge.

    Betsy: Welcome! The 40 day fast sounds fascinating. Have you posted anything about it? I have a hard time just making it through the night without food. But I loved fasting when I was able to do it years ago.

  4. so much we can learn in small deeds and things, if we pay attention


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