Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pondering Lent...

With Lent fast approaching (next Wednesday, February 6th!), I have been thinking about what I would like/should give up this year. Here are my ideas:

1. Treats

This is probably the hardest thing for me to give up. I go through sugar withdrawals, which means suffering through headaches and intense cravings.

My mom had the whole family give up treats one year for Lent. She went about it in a very strict sort of way. We were not even allowed to have gum or chocolate covered granola bars! We didn't even have Sundays off. It was no sugar for 40 days and 40 nights.

2. Alcohol

This wouldn't be a problem if I didn't put in 15 hour days every day during the week. When Friday hits, there is nothing more that I want then to get out of school, rush home, and enjoy a Mojito.

Jeff and I have spent the past two Friday nights sipping Mojitos and watching Miami Vice. It really brings you to a warm place...despite the cold weather outside. I don't know if I can give that up!

3. Make a commitment to God to exercise 3-4 days a week

I have heard instead of giving something up, some will pledge to do something instead. I would do this, but I feel like there are selfish motivations behind it...I want a smoking hot bod by summer...not very God-like motivations.

4. Try with all my heart not to swear

I rarely swear and when I do it is more like a reflex than a concious action, so I feel like this isn't a very good idea either.

5. Be Kind to Everyone and Think Happy Thoughts

Again, I feel like I should do this anyway.

I better get back in the drawing room and think of some
more ideas!

5 comments:

Angie said...

You can join me in giving up caffeine. I already have to, so I figured I would do double duty and give it up for Lent as well as my health. I had an awful craving today.....mmm, Starbucks.

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mamie said...

Tis always good to DO than to give up too, so bear that in mind. Maybe reading the bible before bed...working at making it through one of the Gospels for Lent...I say stick with the mojito Fridays! That's not a bad vice while watching Miami Vice either! You need some kind of relaxation.

I'll be resting with my feet elevated above my heart for who knows how long. I can't come up with much of anything else myself except doing some spiritual reading when I can keep my eyes alert!

Aeris said...

maybe i should give up dorm food....

Jacqueline said...

I think possible treats will win. I gave up caffeine a few weeks ago...so that is done.

Also, I would like to try to give more compliments throughout the day, just be encouraging to co-workers/classmates. Maybe that will be my lenten promise too.