Lent starts tomorrow. Traditionally this is the time that Christians “give up” something for 40 days in order to prepare for Easter. I’d like to invite everybody- Christian or not- to give up something with me this year. Together – let’s try to give up ingratitude.
I have a hunch that gratitude is the key to peace. I’m not sure we need to change our circumstances, but I think we might need to change the way we SEE our circumstances.
So here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to open this little journal I’ve been holding onto, and each night of lent -before I go to bed, I’m going to write down three things for which I felt especially grateful that day. Anybody want to join me? 40 days is a spiritually important amount of time for experiments – and not surprisingly, it’s the amount of time many psychologists suggest that it takes to form a new habit.
I want to wander out of the desert of ingratitude and into the paradise of gratitude. Anybody want to join me? Maybe we could meet here each night at nine. I’ll post something on my list and you can list one of yours on the thread. We’ll create a nightly waterfall of gratitude for forty night and then expect miracles.
So, I’m in. I haven’t done much in the Lenten tradition in quite a few years… I was thinking about it and I think the last time I may have made a pledge to give something up for Lent was in 2004 when I gave up boys. I was seventeen and decided that my life should focus on more who I wanted to be than who I wanted to date. For those of you who knew me then, you’ll know this was more of a mental sacrifice as I didn’t date much at all, but at that age it seemed very important. Easter than year was Sunday, April 11th, and Ben and I started dating less than two weeks after that… So I haven’t really had to focus on the whole “finding a romantic partner” thing again. Maybe I’ll kick ingratitude’s ass for good this year… It’s good to have aspirations, anyway, right? I haven’t decided if I’ll post my gratitudes daily or save them and post a week at a time, but I’m going to try REALLY HARD to make it through forty days. I have been reading that apparently Sundays don’t count, so that’s good to know. Okay, I am officially starting tonight… I feel like end of the day is best, yeah? Yeah.