I've given this some thought and finally decided to give up potato chips. That sounds stupid when I write it...
Nope, sounds good :)
Only each of us knows our major vice, challenge, barrier, etc. Good for you for doing what is true to your journey!
It doesn't sound stupid at all. It sounds brave.(One of these years, I really am going to give up coffee/tea for Lent. But not this time...)
Folks, we're getting so close! I really need to decide what I'm doing:
1. I'm going to give up complaining about being busy. I actually love what I do but I worry that I give off the impression that I don't (and I know I could even be more efficient at it, therefore actually being less busy!)
2. I'm going to change my attitude toward other drivers on the road. This is a place where I let myself vent my frustration (since I'm all alone in the car, usually!) and even though nobody can hear me, it makes driving less pleasant. And I think that in a way, expressing frustration kind of leads to more frustration. It's hard to articulate, but it has something to do with giving way to a negative mindset actually leading me to notice the negative more. I want to cultivate a more relaxed, go with the flow attitude, and have driving be a time of respite in between tasks and appointments.
3. I need to sleep more. This is a huge struggle for me, as I'm a major night owl, and addictive personality so once I get online, or turn on the TV, or start reading at night, it's hard for me to shut down and go to bed. So I often get way less sleep than I should, and both my health and productivity are suffering. I had been doing better for a while, but have slipped back. I'm not sure exactly what my goals and deadlines are going to be, but I think that will crystallize over the course of the Lenten period.
I know that people are participating in this thread and Lent overall for a mixture of reasons - some as a form of spiritual discipline, some as a nostalgic practice from younger years that they still find beneficial, and some just as a way to kick-start a new habit. So I hope no one will take it as pressure if I offer up some prayer resources for those who might be interested? I haven't fully reviewed these sites, but they're from a variety of traditions, so hopefully if anyone is interested in some Lenten specific prayers, they'll find one that works for them:http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Lent.htmhttp://www.methodist.org.uk/prayer-and-worship/lent-and-easter/prayers-for-lent-and-easterhttp://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/Daily-prayers-00.htmlhttp://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/prayers-for-lent(I especially like the first one, which is just a collection of prayers, mostly written by the site's author, who has a mixed religious background himself. They're very poetic and quite "real." And able to be used flexibly. You can pick and choose from among the prayers, read a different one each day, or pick a couple to rotate between, or ... whatever you want!)