I am not good at Lent. Never have been. Probably because Lent is most often associated with giving up some sort of food, and we all know how I feel about food. It's not something I enjoy sacrificing.
In years past I have attempted to give up more "substantial" things, such as a behavior or bad habbit. Not being critical lasted for a while, but inevitably flopped when I couldn't keep the thoughts out of my head about how horrendously some people dress.
One of my successes was the year I gave up the word "whore." This is a random word, I know. But at that point in my life, there was a particular person who I was regularly targetting that word at. There was a break up involved in all of this, of course. So we can blame that guy for my overzealous use of the word [he was super Catholic and I took Lent pretty seriously the two years I was with him...which I find ironic in all of this]. Anyway, I gave it up for Lent and substituted the word "blank" for it instead. On a daily basis I'd run to Caroline's room and start yelling about the "blanky blank blank" and how "blanky" she was. We had a good time with it, and it was one of my few Lenten successes.
Last year I gave up nothing because I knew I was bound to fail. Pretty terrible way to look at it, huh?
I'm not the go-to-church-every-Sunday type, but I do appreciate Lent and what it symoblizes. So this year I'll give it another shot. I can't promise that I'll be 100% successful, but it's the thought that counts, right?
For 40 days I will attempt the following. Emphasis on attempt:
1. Eat dessert only once a week.
2. Go out to eat only once a week [if at all].
3. Drink only once a week [if at all].
4. No chocolate [this is the one that will most likely bomb because if I'm already cutting down to dessert once a week, I can't do without chocolate too!].
We'll see how this goes.