SOL 2020: Day 1: A change, a sacrifice and an improvement

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. As a lifelong Catholic, I have always given something up. In college, a priest shared the concept of doing for others and that became a part of my ritual. This week, during mass, our priest talked about three things… giving, prayer, and sacrifice.

So this got me to thinking… could I do three things? I say yes.

One thing I firmly believe is when you make something public you are less likely to pull back from it. So here it goes…

A change: I am ‘turning off’ at 9 pm every night. No screens… TV, iPad, computer, phone. NONE. This change has already led to more reading. Yeah me! This to me goes to the giving category. I am giving myself the gift of time. I constantly feel like I never have enough. Screens suck my time dry! I’m taking my time back.

A sacrifice: This I say with a heavy sigh… I am giving up bread, pasta, etc. UGH! This one is hard for me, BUT I know that this will help me in more ways than one. I will be more aware of my food and plan better for my daily lunches and dinners. Wish me luck!

An improvement: I am going to be reflective this Lenten season. I am going to read meditations each night and reflect in writing each night. The reflections may be from the Bible or from other books I have. The writing may be thought-filled or otherwise, but I need to stop myself each day to remind myself of all I have and all the good there is. I forget this.

Now that it is public… there is no turning back!

8 thoughts on “SOL 2020: Day 1: A change, a sacrifice and an improvement”

  1. Oooh, I admire your bravery in making your intentions public! Good luck with all three things! You’ve given me a lot to think about! ~JudyK 🙂

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  2. Intentional change is brave and wonderful. I hope you meet all three of your challenges and sacrifices. I, too, am trying to read more. Giving up bread is hard. I wish you luck with that! Thanks for sharing your intentions with us publically, I hope it helps!

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  3. I like your three Lenten resolutions! Less screen time is harder when you participate in this digital challenge, I know. May I suggest visiting sacredspace.ie online for your daily scriptural readings? I’ve visited that site for years, really like the brevity, pause for reflection, and lovely background music.

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  4. Love that you are writing Slice of Life again.
    I love to read anything you write! Always thoughtful, always inspiring, always you! 💕

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