We have entered into the glorious 40-day-long period of sacrifice that is Lent.  Giving up something for Lent has been a tradition of many Catholics.  Today, we ask if we choose to give up something, is it for religious reasons?

Or is it just for the pure personal challenge?

Some people give up something they love. By doing this they truly take the sacrificial spirit to heart.  Others decide to volunteer or do a good deed a day.  Still, others choose to give up stupid things that really don’t affect them at all.

Then there are always the people that believe Sundays are days to spoil themselves.

I say, “No way.”  Go for the gold and make it the full 40 days.  You won’t.

I’m all about the challenge.  Forty days to exercise pure will power?  Sign me up.

My Lenten sacrifice this year is similar to the one from the movie “40 Days and 40 Nights.” If you have never seen that movie, look up the plot synopsis and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about.

By the time this is printed I will have about 32 more days to go.  I’m sorry you had to find out like this, mom, and no, I don’t want to talk about it.

The idea of Lent is actually kind of cool for people who like testing themselves by not eating like chocolate (like Blackberry girl). Some girls probably just use it as a cheating way to diet.

I’ve already succeeded in making Blackberry girl break her Lenten promise once and it hadn’t even been five days yet.  Lenten amateur over here didn’t even see it coming; a Godiva chocolate covered strawberry was the ultimate Trojan horse.

Temptation is the most fun with dealing with Lent. It becomes a game to try to get other people to break their Lenten sacrifice while remembering to keep the will power going to maintain your own.

Someone gave up ice cream?  Guess I’m going to have dessert every time I get the chance to dine with them.  Mmmm, this chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is scrumptious.  My advice: just like smear it all over yourself and roll around in it.  Make it look like it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever eaten and watch them just die inside.

The best is when people give something up for Lent then break it almost immediately after.  Gave up swearing for Lent?  What happens when you trip and stub your toe?  Boom.  You lose.  Constant vigilance is needed.  No one is safe.

If you didn’t give something up yet, it’s not too late. It’s satisfying to look back after 40 days and say that you accomplished what you set out to do.

Do a good deed everyday too. Make yourself feel good – ego waffles all over the place.  Personally I’d love to give up school but with midterms, it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to pull that one off.

Just remember, there is only 32 more days to go.  32 long days….


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