Every year I give up something for Lent. The season of Lent leads up to Easter in the Christian church, and many people ‘give up something' as a recognition of Jesus giving something (His life) for us.
What I give up usually ties back to one (or more) of the following things:
- Candy (chocolate or not chocolate)
None of the above items appealed to me. Usually something jumps out but while all seemed like good ideas, none were things that would make me feel accomplished. Even saying all of them just seemed ‘meh'.
Then, I thought back to one of my New Year's Resolutions and I immediately hit my excitement. The resolution which I listed was “Have treats (notably chocolate) primarily in social situations”
I decided that I would give up all of the things on the list in terms of doing them alone. This means that all of the following things would be off the table:
- Having an after dinner snack while watching TV. For me this is usually something like a couple of graham crackers, a handful of chips, or something along those lines.
- Grabbing a drink on Saturday while catching up on blog work or things around the house
- Raiding the candy dishes on various co-workers desk during the day
- Or anything along these lines.
This may not seem much, but I realize that I do these things far too often. I have a snack just about every night. My wife has one maybe twice a week. So, now I'll be ‘OK' to have a snack twice a week, only when my wife does. I will normally have a drink or two once or twice a week. My wife has an occasional glass of wine or maybe a drink if we go out to dinner. So, this will reduce my alcohol consumption. My boss at work has candy dish and it would be about routine to stop by mid-afternoon and grab something. No more.
So the bottom line is that I'm not completely cutting alcohol, sugar, or chocolate, but I'm cutting them all significantly.
And, honestly, my hope is that I can continue this as a routine practice even when Lent is done.
Do any of you out there ‘give something up' for Lent? What's on your list this year? And, giving up winter doesn't count!