Lent = No – usually saying this to all the goodies that you really like or love in life, chocolate, wine, cheese, candy things like that.
I’ve never had much to do with Lent, I’m a believer but not a church goer. I’ve had plenty of friends who give up something every year at this time, often wondered if I should join in, but never really bothered. Well the other day there was a minister on BBC Radio 2 talking about Lent and how he was going the other way with it this year. Instead of giving something up he was going to add something good to his life over these special weeks. He was going to give to himself and improve his life in that way.
This got me thinking and I realized that there was one thing that if I could possibly give it up (even for just a short while) would make a huge and beneficial difference to my life, and guess what, I wouldn’t have to give up wine and chocolate either, this was actually even more powerful stuff.
My friends I am giving up my apaulingly bad and distructive habit of negativity for lent. I am going to make a really conscious effort to catch myself in all those nasty little negative moments and try to turn them round.
You know the sort of thing, if you are at all like me it is almost a constant stream of chatter in your head. Everything from seeing a celebrity with something you really envy and immediately thinking Bitch, why her and not me to that old classic of ‘I’m too bloody useless, fat, ugly etc to do…..’. Well for the next 6 weeks I am going to really make a determined effort to catch myself in those moments and change them round or challenge them in some way. ‘No I’m not useless/fat etc, I could give whatever it is a try’ and when I feel the green god of jealousy lurking on my shoulder be able to shrug him off and say ‘maybe that person has problems in other areas of their lives, nobody lives in perfection’.
So this is Lent for me. Let go Every Negative Thought.
Wish me luck!