And so, today begins Lent and like many, I have been thinking of what I can give up. Even if you don’t celebrate Lent, I think it’s good for us all to take stock of what we can leave behind?
When I was a little girl, I always gave up chocolate. I loved it and it was a challenge not to eat it. And now, I give up various things, but chocolate is still at the top of my vices.
But this year, I’m thinking of this just a bit differently.
I’m giving up the perfectly organized home. If I trip on a baby doll or step on a Lego or leave dishes in the sink, it’s just a sign of a life well lived.
I’m giving up on the constant comparison of my children to me or to my husband or to each other. They are who they are–beautifully and wonderfully made–and there is no need to compare.
I’m giving up the need to be right. I have been working on this for a very long time, but I think I’m ready to give it up totally.
I’m giving up expecting certain behaviors from people who just aren’t willing or able to respond in the anticipated way (or at all).
And I will give up being hurt by them.
I’m giving up on that inner critic, at least for this Lenten season. I’m working on sending her away forever and I’m sure I can keep her at bay for 40 days?
I’m giving up my need always to be doing something and I’m not going to be feel guilty when I just sit still when I can. I will simply be still.
I’m giving up but in doing so, I’m letting in. Giving up, letting go, letting in.
I’m letting in peace, acceptance, grace, calm.
By giving up, I hope I’ll be free to mother all the parts: my children, my spirit, and the sacred.
You see, we can all give up something. What will it be for you?