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Lent

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“What are you giving up for lent?”

Someone asked me this question the other day. And then yesterday when I went food shopping hobbling along in my boot, the sales person looks at me somewhat disapprovingly, then points at the chocolate in my basket and says, “I gave up chocolate for lent.”

Well, I didn’t.

I appreciate and respect people’s efforts on giving up something for lent. I just don’t do this for myself, so please stop judging me. And if you really need to know what it’s like to give up something meaningful, don’t give up chocolate or alcohol – that’s an easy choice. Give up something that’s really hard to give up. I have a friend who is giving up being constantly available online, that,  I believe is much harder than giving up chocolate. Though rather nontraditional, I respect her decision.

I haven’t been able to walk (never mind run) for over 4 weeks. I haven’t given this up voluntarily, but I now understand not having what I usually take for granted. I have developed a new perspective on being a disabled person in London (it sucks big time!), but I have also learned a new appreciation for my body (I need to work on this much more).

So maybe I am not buying into the whole commercialized giving-something-up-for-lent thing, but I do think you can learn a lot by not being able to do something that you take for granted.  So, if you are giving up something for lent, make it meaningful and stop looking with disapproval at anyone eating chocolate!

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Author: tatjana.k

explorer | runner | hiker | marketer | with opinions | coffee-lover | seeking adventures in everyday life

6 thoughts on “Lent

  1. I’ve often wondered if instead of “giving something up” for Lent, it was encouraged to “give something extra.” … Just a thought, and another thought – Hope the recovery goes well.

    Eric

  2. You have found the true meaning of Lent…I give up something I enjoy and spend that extra time to reflect. Someone else may give up a favorite food and use the money to fee the hungry…or someone may not be able to walk around and realize the importance of doing every day things that we can take for granted.. Now this is my opinion but I feel Lent is a time for us to reflect, to grow in our faith and to prepare our hearts for the Easter holy day. I personally feel some may not require to give something up to achieve this and others like me, it helps to stay focused, either way God will honor whatever we do as long as it is done in His name and I may add, we should continue it even after Lent and honor God all year long. May God continue to bless your healing and your time with Him. And enjoy that chocolate!! 🙂

  3. Funny I was thinking of giving up chocolate but I just can’t do it. So I decided not to give up anything. Shame on me!

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