“So, What Are You Giving Up?”

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent for most Christians. When talking about the day, one of the first questions out of anyone's mouth is "Whatcha' giving up for Lent?" And this seems like something that crosses the borders of the faiths. One of my friends describes herself as being "raised retail" but follows this old venerable tradition.

For some, it's something as simple as chocolate, fried foods, TV, or alcohol. For others, it's something a bit more difficult, like smoking, negative attitudes, worry, and whatnot. For religious folk, Lent includes added devotions throughout the week and works of charity.
 
So, what am I giving up? It's going to be economics. Following the DJIA, the S&P 500, the ghost of John Maynard Keynes running amok, &c. isn't helping my mental or spiritual situation and is just driving me crazy. (This includes my long-suffering friends and family having to hear me babble on about bubbles bursting.) Cutting down on the chocolate couldn't hurt either…

My question is the same as anyone else by the water cooler: If you observe Lent, what are you giving up this year?

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  1. by Courtney

    On February 25, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I am giving up sweets–no candy, chocolate or dessert. It’ll be a sacrifice since I have a horrible sweet tooth. But, it’s one way to start losing the baby weight:-)

  2. by Sarah at themommylogues

    On February 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Frivolous spending on myself. I need to remind myself to let God fill those holes, not retail therapy.

  3. by Katie-girl

    On February 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Swear words. I’ve been pretty bad lately.

  4. by Helen

    On February 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve done this one before but I’m doing it again: candy and desserts. It’s hard but for some reason the only time all year that I have any will power is during Lent!

  5. by Kimberly W

    On February 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I am giving up all shopping except for groceries. I had to plan ahead a little and got the Easter clothes for my kids already. Without shopping at all this should be a stress free season for me.

  6. by Jodz

    On February 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I am giving up alcohol. I love a glass of wine in the evenings. So, no cheaky chardonay’s for me.

  7. by Becky V.

    On February 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I am giving up sodas & eating out Mondays-Thursdays.

  8. by EllenW

    On February 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Adding reading devotions each day.

  9. by Julia

    On February 27, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I’m giving up meat. I was a vegetarian for years before I met my husband. However, cooking separate meals was just too inconvenient!

  10. by Natalie

    On March 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Sodas and Facebook. Last week was rough :)