It seemed fitting that this be my first post on my brand new sparkly blog, although admittedly I’m ridiculously late to the party as lent was over a week ago but better late than never especially when it comes to resolutions and making self promises.
Now straight off the bat, I want to acknowledge that not everyone participates in Lent for various reasons and that of course is more than completely fine, but for me it is a yearly tradition that I, more often than not, fail at. Although this time around, I would like it to mean so much more than just giving up the sugar in my coffee – anyone who knows me wouldn’t want this to happen as the caramel latte I pick up on my way to work each morning is what saves my sanity. So this Lent I am giving up negativity – there will be no unaided mood swings, no unnecessary rows with the husband, no loss of temper with the child and certainly no self-doubt or negative thinking about my life.
On paper it sounds easy yes? Come on its not hard to keep a hold of negative emotions. However lent is 40 days long and that includes one menstrual cycle so keeping those hormonal outbursts tied to the ground could
prove trickier than winning a wrestling match with a kangaroo! What do I actually want to gain out of this though? I evidently am not doing it for the giggles! I’m hoping for a change for life, a more considered attitude towards life’s little things – that’s not to say I won’t occasionally snap at the child should she decide that crayons now belong down the loo or up her nose or that my husband has decided that socks now live on the floor permanently when the washing basket is 10 yards away from said socks; after all, I am human and holding back all emotion would make me colder than Elsa’s heart.
Yes April the 13th (when Lent finishes) does seem a long way off but the greater cause here is so much more important, It’s a change in mind-set that I am so actively determined to shake off.
There are 31 days left of lent left this year so why not pick something to give up? Make a small change for a big difference in your life.