Thursday, March 20, 2014

Me, Myself and I - Lent

Religion is something a lot of bloggers may not write about and up until now I never imagined doing it either but it is something that's a part of my life. I'm comfortable enough sharing this little bit of my life with you regardless of the fact that our views may not mesh and that's okay. I mean, if you're not religious or don't believe in God why would you want to write about it?

Kaitlyn on Wifessionals talked a little about posting on topics that aren't always comfortable and being true to yourself. That's where I found myself while wanting to write about this and this Eleanor Roosevelt quote she posted is spot on.


Lent

While lent is something that I didn't grow up observing, I've been aware of it for a while now. I remember different friends participating in high school, something about fish on Fridays and giving things up but I never really got involved or dug deeper. Of course I have given things up in the past for other various reasons and a few years ago, I started observing Lent for myself. The church I've been going to for the past few years does, and it's something I've come to look forward to.

Yes, I actually look forward to giving things up I love or indulge in.

Why? It not only forces me to stop doing things for myself, which let's face it is something I'm really good at. It also is a constant reminder for me.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday which follows the ever fabulous Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras and lasts approximately 40 days/six weeks until Easter Sunday rolls around.

In the past, I've given up:

Fast Food
Soda

This year I gave up soda again because I've been indulging a lot, but since I'd already given it up I also wanted to give up something else...so I chose nail polish. When I was getting my nails done this last time, I still hadn't really picked out my second thing to give up and it just dawned on me. I'm sure the nail techs thought I was crazy.

No polish with your mani-pedi?

If you look at all my book pics in this post, you'll see that in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE my nails are done. Not just done, but salon done. I pay quite a bit of money to get my nails done because I love the way they look and having someone else do them. I'm probably a little bit addicted to it and nail polish isn't really good for you lots of chemicals and all.

Back to why I like it. Since there's a reason I'm giving these things up whenever I want a soda or look at my naked nails I'm constantly reminded of why I'm doing this and it's an immediate daily reminder of my faith. If you're not religious you may not have the same convictions I do and it's absolutely an individual thing. Some of my closest friends have different things that convict them and we can all still be friends because no two people are identical, yet we exist in the same little bubble.

Have you ever given something up for a cause or reason you believed in?

6 comments:

  1. I used to always give up something for lent but as I got older I got away from the church for personal reasons but I still think it is good to give something up to lessen the hold it has on you, and consider it's need in your life.

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  2. Lent really is a great religious tradition. The hardest thing I gave up was cheese - that was awful! haha One year I'm going to try bread, but this year I just did fried foods.

    I'm a nail polish addict as well

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  3. I don't participate in lent but I'm always interested in seeing what people give up and their reasoning behind it. I don't see anything wrong with posting about religion. Especially in the way that you've done. There are so many different religions I'm fascinated to learn about.

    Re: nail polish chemicals: have you ever tried Zoya or Essie? Both are formaldehyde free. Zoya is practically all I buy now.

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  4. I would have never thought to give up nail polish but it is such a great idea! I love that you noticed an addiction and decided to cut it out. Last year I gave up Facebook which was really hard. I logged out on my computer and every time I went to Facebook.com and saw that i was logged out, I was reminded and spent time in prayer instead of logging in and spending that time on Facebook. This year, instead of giving something up, I added something. I wrote about it here. http://mrsmaugeri.blogspot.com/2014/03/40-days-with-jesus-lent-journey.html

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  5. I wish I had the willpower to give something up for Lent, I thought about giving up candy - but I'm getting married at the end of April and candy is helping me keep my sanity.
    Sidenote: I think it's totally awesome (and brave!) you shared something so personal!

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  6. This is the first year I haven't technically observed Lent. We were on a cruise when it started and completely dropped the ball. It just threw everything off. Totally a bad excuse, I know. I COMPLETELY forgot until this post that I wasn't supposed to have meat today. FAIL!

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