[quote="EasterJoy, post:1, topic:231215"]
Lent is approaching, and I'm planning on leaving for Lent. ...While I'm gone, I will be discerning whether I should give up posting here altogether. Is anyone else considering the same thing: that is, either giving up the forum for Lent or giving up the forum altogether? What thoughts are going into your considerations?
Yes, I am thinking those very things--and often have over the years. I've given it up this forum for Lent or Advent in the past. If I just give up this forum (where I usually spend most of my time on the computer) and don't restrict computer time in general, I end up wasting time (and often money) on other websites. I have a love/hate relationship with both CAF and Ebay. ;)
I've also gone back and forth about giving up this forum altogether. I don't know what to think on that front. I like it here. But I have a real family life, outside of CAF that requires my attention. Quite frankly, sometimes I'd much rather give myself to you people, who are virtually total strangers to me, than the children that God has placed in my home. You people are much quieter than my kids. Okay, sometimes people fuss like children here, but when it gets to be more than I want to take, then I just click on a different thread. Poof, fussiness all gone.
Then again, maybe not all the problems are gone. I'd like to think that I can offer friendly advice and support for my fellow Catholics, but there are certain topics that pop up continually that also pop-up negative thoughts in my mind. It would probably help me to not see the letters "M, I, L" for forty days or longer. A lot of the topics here involve struggles with family life. Even if I don't click on those threads to respond, I see the titles. I don't need those pop-ups. I want to be joyful. I want my family life to be joyful too.
By the way, I like your user name. That's the type of sub-liminal thoughts I want planted in my mind. I enjoy your posts too.
There are a few other posters, (like yourself), that I enjoy encountering here on this forum. That's why I keep coming back. In real life, I'm out numbered by children all day. I long for adult conversations and interactions with other mature Catholics who live our faith. I used to have those encounters through moms' groups and Bible studies on a regular basis, but my family obligations and other circumstances changed that. I do have real life friends, but many have gone back to work and all of us are busy raising our own families. It's hard to get together with friends on a daily basis. My husband is a great guy, but it's unreasonable expect one man to meet all my needs for social interactions with adults.
That's the long answer with several rambling thoughts on the subject. My short answer is "yes" to both questions.