I do not believe in New Years Resolutions. Rather, I do not believe in them for me because I find that I rarely stick to them for more than a week. Besides, as a practicing Catholic I have a much more effective tool when it comes to self-improvement: Lent.
For some reason (and I am guessing that it is because the fear of God is added into the mix) I do much better at Lenten sacrifices. In the past, I have done things such as giving up meat (pre-vegetarian days) and sweets. I also have done things that would make a positive impact in my life such as adding a weekly mass in addition to Sunday. I even took on my most challenging, yet rewarding conquest: Resolving to say nothing but positive things about others....for 40 days....no matter how much they might annoy me. The reason that I chose this is because I think that every so often I find myself indulging in conversation that is non-productive and contributes to a negative environment. I don't think of myself as a gossip by any means, but I think that we are all a little guilty of venting from time to time. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. " It was a challenge that I feel made me a better person. It was also a challenge that stretched my vocabulary as I found that I was apt to use a little creative wording from time to time. (Hey, I'm only human.)
So here I am wondering what to do/ give up for Lent this year. I am open to repeats. Any suggestionss???
3 years ago