“So, What Are You Giving Up?”
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.
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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?