Today marks the start of the Lenten season, which you may or may not be aware of or even care about all that much. I’m not a practicing Catholic, more like “recovering”, but I still like the idea of giving up something or using it as an opportunity to better myself. The question becomes, what should I give up or what should I do to better myself?
The idea of Lent is one of sacrifice. You’re supposed to give up something that means a lot to you. Many people look at this as a sort of kick-start to any of those pesky resolutions or goals you have for yourself or a chance to kick a bad habit. Many of my friends give up something for Lent and that list ranges the gamut of things that they feel they should give up. Examples? Chocolate, cursing, potatoes, booze, meat, and soda name a few.
Here’s the rub. There isn’t much I do excessively or like enough to warrant giving it up. I don’t drink that much, or eat that much chocolate, etc so it’s hard to find something to actually give up. What to do?
Social media? A food item or place? It’s not like I drink enough anymore that it would be a problem to give that up. Decisions.
Last year I gave up “The Lazy” and I think that along with peanut butter and peanut butter products (I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!) I’m going to do that again this year.
Here’s my plan:
- I will be running or doing a work out every day, even if it’s for 20 minutes total.
- I will put my laundry in the laundry basket instead of on the floor
- I will make the bed each week day (I get up after Frank.)
- And I will take the few minutes each day to do the things that normally get over looked because I’m a busy person.
- No peanut butter or peanut/peanut butter products. Before you ask, I don’t love other nut butters but Cookie Butter is amazing so that’s out too.
(I’m hoping by doing these things, our apartment will stay in it’s semi cleaned up state and maybe just maybe I can get passed my slightly addicted to peanut butter ways!)
So even though I’m not a “Practicing Catholic” I’m participating in this Lenten Season. Maybe it’ll help form new habits, maybe it won’t, but at least I’m giving it a go.
Are you giving something up for Lent? If so, what are you giving up? Why did you choose that?
* I owe Lent a breakfast because I forgot today was Ash Wednesday and that it was the start of Lent. I had peanut butter and jelly on left over french toast this morning. Oh well.