Thursday, February 25, 2010

What We Give Up For Lent


It’s the Lenten season and I looked up some of the most popular things/activities folks give up for Lent. Here are a few:

1. Junk food – anything from chips to candy to ice cream to pizza. It’s almost like a New Year’s Resolution all over again.
2. Television – Yep, that’s right. No Olympics, no Amazing Race, no American Idol. Well, there are a ton of great books out there waiting to be read…
3. Online Shopping – Or easing up on credit card use altogether.
4. Tanning Bed – Yes, that one shocked me, too. I didn’t know it was such an addiction, but then again, look at George Hamilton.
5. Alcohol
6. Cursing – That’s’ easy – just pretend you’re writing a cozy.
7. Talking badly about people/gossiping – This is a tough one, especially if someone’s made you angry, but I like it.
Facebook_logo 8. Facebook – My husband gave this up and at first I think he had a hard time. Now, he’s kind of forgotten about it. It can be a black hole of applications, updates, and notifications.
Junk-food 9. Coffee – Say it ain’t so!
10. Animal products – Many go vegetarian or vegan during this time.

Me? I like to give up and try to add at the same time, so my Lenten creed is to watch what’s going in my mouth and to filter what’s coming out of it.

What about you? Have you given up anything?

20 comments:

Jessica said...

I'd like to say that I'll give up being sick....and shaving my legs for lent...but afraid thats just not going to happen. LOL This year for Lent I am giving up soda. I might be cranky...but by george I'm not drinking that wonderful cold delicious coke.....

Katie said...

I gave up all sweets, everything that I would consider a dessert. which will be especially hard when the Girl Scout cookies I ordered come in...
But I am also determined to be more positive about things.

Lisa D said...

I gave up chocolate. Now I find that I'm walking down the candy aisle at Target just hoping to get a whiff of that chocolate scent.

I am also trying to be more patient with certain situations in my life. Patience was never really one of my strong points so that will be a test.

clynsg said...

I have given up credit cards--actually fairly easy to do, since the companies have gotten so very greedy and hard to deal with. Pretty soon, will have them all paid off, and I already have more in my bank account!

clynsg at yahoo.com

Laura K. Curtis said...

Not this year. But then, I am Jewish. Still, it seemed solid principle, so I used to give things up. The worst was the year my Catholic roommate and I tried to give up complaining. After three days we switched to chocolate--it was just too hard not to be able to complain even about not being able to complain!

sosarahsew said...

For several years I tried to give up complaining about people - obviously it didn't take if I had to repeat it every year. I like your idea of watching my mouth, watching what goes in and filtering what comes out. May I borrow that?

jbstanley said...

oh, Girl Scout Cookies. I do like those thin mints....

Lisa, I feel your pain. I have a chocolate-scented candle and last night I was very tempted to give it a nibble!

jbstanley said...

Lyn,

Now THAT is impressive! Way to go!

jbstanley said...

Laura,

I couldn't give up complaining. I need to vent - especially with the girls, you know?

Good for you for giving Lent a shot.

Sara - you can totally borrow my motto. I'm doing better with the stuff in than the stuff out at the moment.

Rosemary Harris said...

I hadn't done this for years but, Jan Brogan reminded me. I gave up diet soda which was becoming my go-to guzzle. I had so many at Bouchercon that JT Ellison told me I was going to give myself a kidney stone. Can that really happen?

Kris said...

My Dad used to say "I gave up Lent for Lent". haha! I don't give up anything, but in November started making an effort to eat better and so far it's working. It was actually easier for me to make the effort by myself, without a reason such as Lent or New Years Resolution.

Lover of Books said...

Not this year, maybe next year I'll give up fast food. IT just means I buy more at the grocery store and eat at home. :) lol We'll see.

signlady217 said...

Changing any kind of habit is hard, whether it's in the form of a New Year's resolution or giving it up for Lent. The kind that involve what comes out of our mouths is the absolute toughest, at least for me! Good luck to everybody on trying to become a better person this year.

Anonymous said...

Every year I give up chocolate for Lent. As I am getting older it gets easier and wasier to do.
Annette

Heather Webber said...

I gave up saying "hate" (aloud, at least). Harder than I thought.

Andrea C. said...

The only time I was really successful was about 20 years ago when I gave up chocolate for lent. It was pretty hard, but man did that Easter candy taste good come Easter morning. Since then I don't seem to have the willpower to give anything up - I wish I had the fortitude to give up chocolate again, but I'm just not willing to.
I am trying to think and speak more positively though (which is only made possible because of my elevated mood from eating chocolate - ha ha)

jbstanley said...

Heather,

I've been trying to get my kids to do that. It is hard!

And giving up chocolate is a real sacrifice around here, too!

pixiepoe123 said...

I did try the "giving up meat" for Lent when I was a child, but my father informed me that since I was already a vegetarian it didn't count.
Now, I fast during Lent (except for protein shakes and juice) and donate the money I would have spent on food to organizations like Action Against Hunger and Feeding America.

jbstanley said...

Pixie,

That's an amazing act! Fasting and charity. I think your 40 days will be rewarding for you and for others. Well done!

Sarah said...

I'm not Catholic so I don't give anything up but if I did, it would definitely be sweets and it would be torture to give them up!

Sarah