Growing up Lent was something that those people who couldn't have hamburgers on Fridays did and it wasn't something that was given much thought. In college I was always amazed at how determined my best friend was to persevere in her goals every spring and let's face it, not being the role model for discipline in college I was amazed by anyone who was.
I've done a lot of growing up since then and this year I'm determined to discipline myself and I encourage you to do it to. Perhaps you're not Catholic, perhaps you're not even Christian, perhaps you think all of us religious types are a basket short of picnic, but no matter "what" you are ... I dare you.
I dare you, starting this Wednesday and until April 7th, to give something up. Go without and see what happens. Don't give up something easy either, give up something that finds its way into your everyday life.
This year I'm giving up Soda, cold turkey. I hate that I love it so and I really want it out of my life and so on Wednesday I will give up my favorite beverage. I will try to discipline my mind and body as I strive for something better; a better version of myself. The self that could be possible with just a little discipline.
If you want to take it a step further consider the 3 focuses of Lent and do something to fill each one. Fasting, Prayer and Charity. The NC Register has a great list, for anyone really not just Catholic, to consider working into your life for Lenten season.
I've already mentioned that I'm going to give up soda, that's my fasting. I've not decided what my charity will be and when I decide it will be something I keep to myself. I've already decided what my Lenten form of prayer will be, but it's something I'm so excited about it needs it's own post. Please join me again tomorrow for a little bit more.
Are you going to celebrate Lent this year? If so, how are you going to make it meaningful for you?