Starting a Holy Week Tradition
Posted April 6, 2007on:
Holy Thursday for our family means going to Confession in the morning, doing the Stations of the Cross and attending the mass (washing of the feet) in the afternoon.
Good Friday is listening to the 7 Last Words and attending the mass and veneration of the cross.
Today, we added a new twist to our Holy Week tradition. We all agreed to refrain from complaining, whining or saying anything negative. If we feel like saying something negative, we have to re-phrase it to make it sound positive like:
Instead of saying “It’s soo warm!”, we say “The sun is shining brightly today” or instead of “You’re too slow”, we say “Let’s move faster”, etcetera. The “punishment” is P1 to the pot if we go against the rules.
The 4 of us are making the extra effort to be extra conscious about everything that we say. Funny thing is, we have been so accustomed to griping, whining, giving negative comments etc., that it can be quite tricky to stay within the rules. Everyone is watching himself as well as the others if somebody attempts to say something. I, myself, am not spared from coughing up these P1 penalties. And the pot is slowly (buti na lang slowly) getting bigger.
It’s an effective way teach kids and adults to have a more positive attitude. It usually starts with the words that come out of our mouths.
“Until when do we have to keep doing this?”, Kyle, my 10 year old 2nd son asked. “Until Easter Sunday”, Jerry replied “or probably continue for life”.
Instead of the usual: “Huh?” or “No…” or any other word of protest, we heard a long sigh from the boys.
See? Didn’t I just say it’s effective?
As I was working on something on my laptop this afternoon, I felt the urge to… uhh…pass some gas (excuse me), on account of which, Jerry laughed and suddenly blurted at me: “One Peso!”
So there’s an additional rule included… No obnoxious sound effects too!