Saturday, April 2, 2011

I Gave Up WHAT!?

For those practicing Catholics and Christians out there, you are probably all well versed in the Lent practice that is part of your religion-Traditionally, the practice of Lent goes hand in hand with Ash Wednesday, which signifies the beginning of Lent, and goes all the way through to Easter Sunday.

This year, Ash Wednesday fell on the 9th of March.

I'm not going to say that my family is the most devote religious family you'll ever find, but every year we try to hold onto this one religious tradition, each trying to give up something we love to signify that we understand.

Quite honestly though, I don't understand and I don't think I ever have. I don't understand the biblical version of this because I really don't understand the bible. I just did it because my parents did it.

Since I've renounced my religious views and adopted a more spiritual outlook on life though, I'm starting to understand it a little bit more as backwards as that may sound. Maybe not the biblical background, facts and figures behind the act, but more the act itself.

Renouncing something you love for something you believe in is just like saying to whatever or whomever you believe in whether it be God, Buddha, Mother Nature, the Universe, etc, "I thank you for everything you have given me, and I want to sacrifice something I love to show how thankful I am to you because I want to."

My mother gave up coffee and my sister gave up candy-Both of them caved within the first few weeks.

I gave up chocolate {*GASP*} and I'm proud to say I'm still going strong-If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I'm a HARDCORE chocoholic with a capital C, so why haven't I caved yet? I truly believe it's because I didn't choose to give up chocolate because I'm technically classified a Catholic and the practice of Lent tells you to. I didn't do it for Lent itself. I didn't even do it because my parents did it.

I did it because I'm thankful to the universe for giving me everything it's been kind enough to give to me, and I wanted to show my gratefulness.

One month down, a little under a month to go :)


Matty said...

I'm sure I was a bigger chocoholic than you. But I gave it up, not for religious reasons, but as part of my new healthy eating regimen.

Eschelle Westwood Mumfection said...

to me that was the whole meaning of Lent, to show respect and appreciation for what you have been given to your and your loved ones :).

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

That is impressive, especially for a chocoholic like you :) We really do have so much to be thankful for!

JaMean said...

I gave up CANDY, which includes chocolate! lol. Stay strong Kayla! Only 3 weeks until Easter! :)

Unknown said...

Oh Kayla, I'm proud of you! I use to do this too, and like you said, not because my religion says so, but it's a way for me to thank the world with my little sacrifice. Like you, I give up chocolate 'cause is the one thing that it's really hard for me to give up and it's a real torture around Easter I must say, but totally worth it!
Keep it up, when the time is over, you'll feel very good about your self and chocolate will taste even better :)