For those of you who observe Lent, what are you giving up and why? How well do you think you're going to do? Why do you observe and what does it mean to you?
I'm not buying books, DVDs or CDs, those are the things I spend my money on pretty much, besides gym membership, my house money and I wear out clothes and dont my them very often those are my big expenses. It began as an attempt to not spend money for the duration but that really was proving impossible. I have done a lot better at not buying online than I have in the shops, although I've not been going to the shops as often.
Its a sacrifice but its also about providing me with free time in which to think, meditate and pray instead.
Also, during lent, I try to be much more mindful about what I'm eating and food, there are passages in the bible about those who eat and drink while others have nothing eat and drink judgement on themselves.
I need to focus on school right now, it's nice that it's Lent at the same time. I've been moving into a monastic kind of thing these 2 recent weeks, I guess I'll continue that.
Here's the diet I'll use:
I'll never give up coffee.
Peanut butter's always been one of the main things I eat but I think I'll give it up. Shit is runnin' me a pretty penny these days. They jacked the price up on my fave brand, Skippy chunky. Price has been mysteriously rising for a while now, starting to get paranoid. I'm giving up peanut butter for lent.
Alcohol, tobacco, frivolity.
Sometimes every single thought that crosses my mind makes me laugh & I think I'll give that up for lent.
"Man is free, but his freedom ceases when he has no faith in it."
I no longer observe Lent, but when I did, I never liked the idea of giving up something. It seemed pointlessly punitive. Instead I chose a specific thing to do on a regular basis that would benefit others, like do extra chores at home, or write notes to distant relatives, or pick up trash around campus.
Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. We should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open. -- Raistlin Majere