Lent will be coming up in less than a month and I’ve been thinking about what I want to give up.
“During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of self-denial.”
I know that many faiths give up eating meat, or even all animal products during Lent. That would be the self-denial tradition of Lent. Personally, I’ve always believed that the self-denial should be whatever is relevant in your life that may prevent you from being a better person. For example, if you have a bad habit, Lent is the time to give it up and try to be more Christ-like.
Last year, I gave up buying fabric for the Lenten period. Although I wasn’t one-hundred percent successful in changing my buying habit, I have learned to cut back on spending money on fabric when I already have a big closet full of it already.
But I’ve been having a hard time deciding what bad habit I should try to break this year. I don’t smoke – so I can’t give up smoking. I don’t drink (well, a glass of wine once in a great while, maybe.) – so I can’t give up alcohol. I’m not about to give up chocolate – one of the ladies in my quilt group did it last year and I admire her dedication but I know I’d break that vow, so there’s no sense in making it!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I have bad habits just like every other person on this Earth!!! But I think I want to put my money where my mouth is and, instead of giving up something, I want to practice more kindness.
If I really believe that world peace can be achieved by individual people treating each other kindly, then I need to remind myself of that each day. I need to remember that I am not the only one that has problems and we are all struggling to get by. And being kind to others – speaking kind words, thinking kind thoughts, helping others through their difficulties – is the way to go.
I’m not actually going to wait for Lent to start putting this in practice. It starts today!