So...apparently there IS power in the digital pen.
After I mocked the giant coffee mermaid, their marketing genuises (<--- they really are genuises imo) got together over an overpriced steaming latte, and decided to give a little back to their customers. From Thursday, November 17 ~ Saturday the 20th, from 2~5 pm, you and a friend can enjoy half-priced Peppermint Mochas, Gingerbread Lattes, or the one I'm trying, Caramel Brûlée Latte. Of course you have to buy one Starbucks drink to get the other free, but they do need to cover the wages of their sometimes-entertaining baristas, right?
Wanna join me in a challenge?
Truth be told, Starbucks' Caramel Macchiatos are one of my guiltiest pleasures. Adding insult to injury, I order mine brevé, which in Sbux pretentious vernacular means even more fattening aka with half & half instead of anything "skinny." Which of course means not only more calories but more money, unless you have a gold Starbucks card, which we do I'm not proud don't judge me and then I think you get it free. But the calories are still there.
Anyways...during the month of December, when chillerific weather invites your favorite steamy beverage and mine...I'm giving up Starbucks and giving away what I'd spend. This might seem like a small gesture (especially financially), but fasting from something I enjoy weekly becomes an offering to the Lord.
Do you think I'm crazy?
In other words, because I know I "can't" have it, I want it more.
The void increases the want. And every dingdang time I crave a yummy drink from Starbucks, holiday or otherwise, I pray for the children and staff of Compassion.
Fasting brings to mind the object of my motivation and in my remembering, I pray.
So...if you'd like to join me in a similar Christmas challenge, would you let me know in comments? It will be a delight to join someone else of like mind; not to say how great we are, but to acknowledge that a small denial to self can be a soul offering to another.