Be Kind

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Lent will be coming up in less than a month and I’ve been thinking about what I want to give up.

“During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of self-denial.”

I know that many faiths give up eating meat, or even all animal products during Lent. That would be the self-denial tradition of Lent. Personally, I’ve always believed that the self-denial should be whatever is relevant in your life that may prevent you from being a better person. For example, if you have a bad habit, Lent is the time to give it up and try to be more Christ-like.

Last year, I gave up buying fabric for the Lenten period. Although I wasn’t one-hundred percent successful in changing my buying habit, I have learned to cut back on spending money on fabric when I already have a big closet full of it already.

But I’ve been having a hard time deciding what bad habit I should try to break this year. I don’t smoke – so I can’t give up smoking. I don’t drink (well, a glass of wine once in a great while, maybe.) – so I can’t give up alcohol. I’m not about to give up chocolate – one of the ladies in my quilt group did it last year and I admire her dedication but I know I’d break that vow, so there’s no sense in making it!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I have bad habits just like every other person on this Earth!!! But I think I want to put my money where my mouth is and, instead of giving up something, I want to practice more kindness.

If I really believe that world peace can be achieved by individual people treating each other kindly, then I need to remind myself of that each day. I need to remember that I am not the only one that has problems and we are all struggling to get by. And being kind to others – speaking kind words, thinking kind thoughts, helping others through their difficulties – is the way to go.

I’m not actually going to wait for Lent to start putting this in practice. It starts today!

Peace

3 thoughts on “Be Kind

  1. I love that idea…and I’m going to steal it! The good endorphines from being kind and nice to others are almost as good as eating chocolate…almost. And it just takes one step at a time to change the world. Thank you, dear friend, for reminding us all what is so important. Can’t wait to see you – soon!

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  2. Interesting. Last year, our daughter-in-law limited herself to a really small number of clothing items to wear during the whole lenten time period, as an exercise in realizing that we all have so much and how much more do we really need? And that people should notice us for how we are inside, rather than what we wear on the outside. During that time period, she also had to attend two really nice dinners (our son is on the board of trustees of a local university here) and she ended up wearing the same dress to both dinners and accessorizing differently. It was really interesting. She posted a picture every day of her outfit. Anyway, I guess you could say she “gave up clothes”.

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