Please don’t tell me you’re “giving up sugar, soda, and carbs” unless you plan on praying about it every day. If you’re doing it to lose weight, it’s called a Pre-Easter Diet.
Sorry, that’s a ginormous pet peeve of mine.
I haven’t observed Lent in a few years because my heart wasn’t in it. Maybe it was my way of rebelling from my Catholic school upbringing, but as a young adult, Lent felt like a chore.
Also, I don’t like half-assing stuff (I’m a medicated Type A gal, remember? 😉 ) Especially if I’m going to tell GOD that I’m going to do something. I mean, I know He’s all merciful, but I don’t think He appreciates shotty efforts.
So, I decided I’m not going to give up anything.
Rather, I’m going to DO something. I’ve compiled a list of 40 specific individuals, organizations, and causes. Each day, my focus will be aimed towards that person, organization, or cause.
- Cory: He’s my priority every day, but I’m only human! Some days I’m not as selfless, kind, and compassionate as I could be.
- MDA: Maybe a repeat?
- “Green” efforts: Actually turning off lights when I leave the room, turning off the water when I brush my teeth, reduce waste, etc.
- The Rosary: I LOVE praying the Rosary, but I don’t take the time to do it very often.
These are just examples, and some efforts will be bigger than others. The point is to focus on people and things outside of myself. To do something. To be thankful for what I have, and to reflect on it. That sounds like something we all could do, regardless of religious affiliation!
*If you volunteer for a certain organization in the Richmond area, let me know!
- I’m interested to see what (if any) comments I’ll get to this question: What religion – if any – do you practice?
- If you observe Lent, what are you doing/giving up?