I am not a fan of giving things up...for me at least, it doesn't always bring about a lasting change. It is more my style to set a goal, or choose something to focus on.....giving things up may come as part of that...but it is more likely to be a lasting change--which is the goal of Lent anyway, right?
So, for Lent 2014:
- Declutter/Organize the Stuff--I do a great job of sifting through stuff and getting rid of the bulk of the papers/mail here and there, but then it ends up with a pile to be filed, to be put away, to be something-ed. But those piles is really as far as it gets. Now, the piles are neat and they are all consolidated into one place, but just having all the "stuff" staring at me makes my mind just as cluttered as the piles, just knowing they are there. Spring cleaning is going to get wrapped up into this as well. I have a gazillion ideas pinned on my organizing board on Pinterest, now I need to actually put them into action.
- Family Faith Formation: We can't seem to get ourselves scheduled so that either of us could attend one of the small groups this Lent, so we will be participating in the Living the Eucharist program at home as a family, using the family reflection guide.
- Personal Spiritual Formation: I am going to focus on my personal formation by doing Fr. Robert Barron's daily reflections. It really couldn't be easier, I signed up online and they will be delivered to my inbox first thing in the morning. We'll see where it takes me.
So, not giving anything up, but some goals that will hopefully set me up for some growth and change. We'll see how it goes on the other side of the 40 days.