I had 0 intentions of blogging today. I have a to-do list a mile long and didn’t have anything in particular to write about. I long ago gave up on that whole “blogging just to blog” thing. I had other work (like creating plans for new clients) to focus on for today.Then, lo and behold, on the way to drop Makenzie off this morning something hit me like a shock and it is burning a hole in my…fingers? Keyboard? Whatever.
I have to get this out. Even if it’s done in the quickest blog session I have ever done.
Today marks the start of Lent. Despite being a Christian, I usually don’t practice Lent in the traditional sense of giving something up for 40 days. I always just preferred being more mindful of the meaning of this time of year and focusing on devoting more time to prayer and counting my blessings.
I feel the traditional Lent practices have been skewed these days. It seems less about giving up personal vices to grow as an individual and more as a fad diet since it seems the popular practice is to pick a food to give up. I’m not saying that’s wrong – it can certainly motivate people to healthier decisions and actions. It just bothers me that it is SO emphasized. What if we gave up something else?
What if we gave up…
…judging ourselves so harshly???
…putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves for perfection or to get it ALL done???
Lent or not. I don’t think it would hurt.
Edited to add: I am in no way saying it is bad or wrong to give up food related things for Lent. I solely want to emphasize the importance of growing as a person and other things that could provide that benefit. Plus, it saddens me that people turn it into a diet plan.