I’ve decided that, for the Lenten season this year, I will try to do something positive instead of giving up something slightly negative. In addition to my being a good little Lutheran, it has the added advantage of not forcing me to give up something that I like :oP.
I usually take the cheap route of giving up caffeine (i.e. Mountain Dew), or candy, or something that’s not actually a sacrifice. More to the point, I start up again as soon as Lent is over, thereby avoiding the point of the whole exercise and basically gaming the system.
The one time I made a real sacrifice (for me at least) was when I gave up computer games freshman year. It was the hardest thing I’d done (or rather, not done) Lent-wise, and it made for 5 very long weeks. I will say that it definitely revealed how much of my free time I use up in front of a screen.
At any rate, I’ve decided to eat a lot of fruit. Multiple fruits per day, even multiple fruits per meal. It’ll be healthy, and hopefully it’ll get me into a good habit that will last after Lent ends. Fruit-eating doesn’t carry a lot of penalties, as opposed to not having caffeine, so I figure that I’m more likely to continue this after Lent ends, which is a Good Thing™.
Wish me luck!