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Fasting from Discouragement, Making Visible the Good

So for Lent, I was thinking of doing the typical fasts: fast from Facebook and take up reading, fast from petty vices like overindulging in sweets and alcohol and take on moderation, yada yada yada. But I'm re-thinking that. Now one of the things I'm thinking about fasting from during Lent is discouragement . That means cutting back on what is so often the source of discouragement, which is a tendency to gorge on, or dwell on, bad news. That would mean taking on encouragement : to make visible -- even on Facebook -- the good. Because the problem is -- to paraphrase the community organizer Rich Harwood -- a lot of times we see "good news stories" as being quaint -- they are tossed in at the end of the news as an inspiring story, or put in the style section. But stories of good things happening -- people coming together to do things, is not a touchy-feely, feel-good story, but something affecting real change. So for starters: I'm inspired by th