By Karla Jones Seidita
I've never been good at giving up things for Lent.
Oh, I was better at it when I was young. But now that I'm old, my good intentions evaporate after only a few hours of resolve.
A year or so ago, I had an epiphany.
I came to the realization that my whole life was routinely about giving up stuff.
To control my weight, I had already given up cake, ice cream and candy.
To keep our household finances in check, I had given up impulse buying and using my credit card.
To stay healthy, I avoid fun stuff like eating saturated fat, staying up late, high heeled shoes and jumbo lattes with whipped cream.
So, I asked myself, what was there left to give up for lent?
Then came the epiphany.
Instead of giving up something for Lent, I would DO something for Lent. It was a truly freeing moment!
So, each day during Lent, I did a little something - not much - just a little something more than I typically did.
I walked the dog five minutes longer.
|What's the point of giving up things|
for Lent when you already
live a frugal, spartan life????
I vacuumed my husband's car, weeded a flower bed I had been avoiding, sorted my old books and took a bag to the library re-sale shop.
I even called an elderly aunt who was difficult to talk to.
By the time Easter Sunday came around, I felt re-born.
I think that's the real reason for Lent..... the being re-born part.
Giving up stuff for Lent?
Well, that only made me cranky.