Today is Ash Wednesday. I didn't know until one of my students showed up with ash on his forehead. (He had forgotten and was confused by what I was saying to him until he remembered that it was on his forehead.)
A few years ago I had a coworker who gave up retail shopping for Lent. She wasn't even Catholic. So I decided to jump on board and give up junk food for Lent. I succeeded, too. For 40 days I didn't eat sweets or junk food (candy, chips, fast food, etc). In fact, it was so successful that as a result I had more energy, started eating healthier in general, exercised more, and eventually lost 20 pounds. No joke. I was hot that year. You should have seen my butt.
By the time Easter rolled around and I let myself have some candy, eating a small handful felt like I had eaten an entire bag of chocolate. I have obviously re-built my candy tolerance since then...
Anyway, that same year I was talking to one of our medical students about Lent. She mentioned that she was always taught growing up to focus on doing something good during Lent instead of just giving something up. For example, instead of just giving up TV for Lent, you make sure you do good deeds during the time you would have watched TV.
So this year during Lent I will try to do something nice for someone every day. It can be as simple as letting someone in during traffic or as complicated as... um... something complicated. (I can't think of anything. It's late and I just got home from teaching. Give me a break.)
Do you make any changes to your life during Lent?
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