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What should I give up for Lent? It starts tomorrow and I have no idea. :-(


Things I've given up before:

Dessert (I totally didn't make it on this one)
Pretzels (I used to eat them CONSTANTLY. I didn't make a dietary replacement when I gave these up. I think I lost 2 pounds or something insignificant).
Ice Cream (ate other stuff instead)
Swearing (was embarrassed when I had to tell people)
The Snooze Button (stuck to it and used the extra time for devotions. this might be a good idea again, srsly)

Things I'm contemplating:
The snooze button again.
Donuts (srsly, I ate 3 today. yikes)
Doing all dishes within 24 hours of dirtying them (this has become a vice of mine)


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Feb. 5th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Don't give up LJ!!! {is helpful}
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
That is something I have considered in the past, but since it is one of the few ways that I interact socially, I thought it would be detrimental instead of helpful.
Feb. 5th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should give up swearing. Hahahahaha.
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
I did that once before! And I really don't swear very much at all right now. Maybe I'll stop taking the Lord's name in vain. That's one I do a lot.

However, it does make for awkward conversation:

Grandma: What did you give up for Lent?
Me: Oh, I gave up swearing.
Grandma: But you just said "Holy crap, my goodness!"
Me: I mean REAL swearing.
... continue embarrassment...
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha. I suggested that because I can't picture you swearing. Maybe you should give up chocolate or something that you do all the time that would be a sacrifice, even if it isn't a bad habit.
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Taking the Lord's name is a good idea! Now that you mention it, it's actually something that irks me about you sometimes. ;) :-p I'd actually rather hear 'f_ _k' than JC's name in place of it.
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Sorrry. Didn't know I wasn't logged in.
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm giving up fried food, fast food, and soda.
Feb. 5th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh, those are good ones. I mostly don't eat that stuff anyway and I always feel like I'm cheating giving up something I don't do. :-P

Last year, my dad gave up broccoli (which he hates and never eats anyway). :-P
Feb. 5th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Now that LOST has re-started??? NO FRIGGEN WAY MAN!
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of attempting having no sweets in the house (other than all natural dark choc raisins I've grown accustomed to (from Trader Joe's), 'cause I think they're actually good for me and sometimes you really *need* some kind of sugar, so eliminating it altogether would be bad).

Do you drink a lot of soda? That's always a good one. Or instead of 'giving up' something you could resolve to do something. Like read a Psalm a day, or specific devotions or something like that. Or combine them. This is pretty cool.

You could try giving up meat, or cheese, being abstinent, listening to music in the car, fast-food, ice cream. Um, no swearing (even in your mind!). You've done the no snooze button thing already right? Actually you've done the no swearing thing too if I remember.

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Feb. 5th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I should make a list of all the things that I've done in the past! I don't listen to music in the car very much, so that wouldn't be too hard.
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
What I like about the dishes and the snooze button is that you are DOING something (getting up at the time you should be and keeping the kitchen clean) rather than just avoiding some specific thing that you will probably just replace with something else. Using the extra time for prayer and meditation is a good way to tie the lifestyle change, which you probably wanted to do anyway, to Lent and to God.

Not eating cookies for a month... what does that really mean? You are giving up something for God, sure, but does it cause you to reflect on your spiritual path or does it just make you think about cookies? I think this is an important consideration.
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Well, if you get your mind in the right place, even something 'simple' can work. When you have a craving and you don't feed it, then you think about why you aren't.
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oops, hi! The above is I.
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
today was fausnaught day, you are supposed to eat donuts!

I agree with Cindy, though. obv. i'm not a Christian so while you all are giving stuff up, i'm like "holy f__k bring on the chocolate and the meat and the sleeping and the dirty dishes" hahaha, ok, i do that all the time, not just during lent ;-)

but, even in my religion, its never good to just "give up" something. you always want to replace what you've gotten rid of. if you get rid of negative juju, fill it with something positive or you end up with like, a pothole in yourself.

giving up the snooze button and replacing that time with developing your faith is such a great idea, because thats really what i think (as a non christian) that Lent is all about - the reason you give up something is not just to give it up, but to almost force a connection with God (i don't mean force in a bad way.... do you know what i'm saying?)

Doing the dishes, though... there is this book i read about Zen Buddhism, where doing the dishes becomes an example for living in the moment. like, when you are doing dishes, you should really be *doing* the dishes. you could use the time you do dishes to say a prayer or something... if you were catholic you could like, say the hail mary or something. just a similar take on the same idea. Clean the dishes and clean your soul at the same time!

in other news, i was sad that i didn't get a fausnaught today. so i had tirimisu instead. that counts, right?
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Tirimisu definitely counts! It's all about indulging (although, it really started because the german ladies were using up the fat and sugar in the house since during lent they weren't going to use it very much).

I like that pothole image.. but it's like I've gotta make that pothole so that Jesus can help me fill it in. (okay, so he was a carpenter and not a road worker, but hopefully it makes a bit of sense. :-P)
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
i think you're making Jesus do too much work. i mean, the guy already died for your sins (and even mine!) so what more do you want.

you've got to fill in the pothole with that hot bumpy gravel stuff, give Jesus the easy job of that big roller machine that smooths things out. I think the man has suffered enough ;-)
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Okay, now I totally need an icon of Jesus driving a steamroller. :-P
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
hahaha that would be an awesome tattoo!
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