As a Catholic child, Lent was a time of year to ‘give up’ something. During the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, we were taught to give up or abstain from worldly pleasures. Now, worldly pleasures for a small kid in a big family is an ambiguous term. So we gave up something we cherished. Again, living in a home with limited treats, no desserts and no allowance, my worldly pleasures were already few. I remember one year I gave up chewing gum and candy and fighting with my siblings. Another time I gave up candy… not too difficult when there’s none in the house.
In my adult years, I’ve embraced Lent as my 6 week New Year’s Resolution. I can do anything for 6 weeks, can’t you?
During Lent, I find ways to improve things about me. Here’s my plan for this year:
- Steps. Increase steps to 120000 daily (that’s 6 miles of walking.)
- Fruits/Veggies. Make sure I eat a total of 4 fruits/veggies per day.
- Water. Up my water consumption by 2 liters — yum!
- Love. Find ways to give it, grow it, spread it, nurture it, feed it and embrace it.
What’s not to love about Lent?