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!