Lent 2012 - Don't Give Up Something - Do Something

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????
When the cat wrapped herself around my legs, I picked her up and gave her a nuzzle.

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. 


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