Thursday, March 2, 2017

Giving Something Up to Experience Little Breakthroughs

There is no middle ground when you make a decision.”
David Hooper

It is Lent. It is a time to give up those things that do not serve us. 

I will give up candy. I am a jolly rancher freak and I have a new piece every ten minutes. I will no longer surrender to the sweetness of the taste, even on three-hour long car rides or when a bicyclist cuts me off short of taking his life because he didn’t care about the traffic laws. I will fight off my urges to have those teeth killers. I also will dedicate more time to myself and give up stressing over the weight on my shoulders and instead find more reasons to live in a joyful way.

I have decided to live my life with great attention and care. I have decided to hold on to kernels of hope and take on the boiling froth of life’s many demands confidently. I have decided to maintain order in my mind even when challenges prevail.

I will take the steering wheel and drive my response to life in positive ways. I will no longer obsess over the things that are out of my reach. I will no longer validate negativity and let it dwell within. I will acknowledge the beauty that surrounds me as I take on demanding tasks.

I will stand tall and not let doubt fog over my intellectual curiosity. I will go the extra mile to emerge with happiness. I will be conscious of my efforts and celebrate my own self. I will no longer allow deep sadness to be the hat that I wear.

I will learn from my mistakes and no longer dwell in yesterday’s eclipses. I will walk on through the wind and through the rain. I will recognize my being as something special. I will let the streams of faith run through me. I will enjoy the basic, necessity of rest. I will no longer allow stress to overtake my joy and I will smile more. And I will be with joy not because someone else creates it but because I will fight for the joy I deserve. I will experience my breakthrough.

I will acknowledge that I was not built to break but to stand tall and to experience little victories. I am a warrior. I am fully aware of my strength and I will use it to the best of my ability.

So, what are you giving up for Lent? I once gave up adding sugar to my coffee and tea and until this day, I do not add anything to those beverages. I can’t even fathom the taste of a Macchiato because it is too sweet for me. Some things last, some don’t but for the most part, trying makes a big difference.  


  1. Powerful thoughts. I'm not giving anything up for Lent this year. I'm going to give into it and be of service with my time to people that need it.

  2. Inspiring. I feel I should give up something for Lent but not sure what. You have inspired me to look deeper.

  3. Not dwelling on mistakes is something I really need to focus on in my life!

  4. I love your passion. Your words are so inspiring!

  5. I love the way you look at things, focusing on the good in life is a great way to be!

  6. Such great thoughts. I'm not giving anything up for Lent this year. Service is my goal this year!

  7. You have a great outlook and motivation. I love the last line of this post, "trying makes a big difference". I think that sometimes we push ourselves so hard for the perfect outcome but we need to reflect on how hard we did work and appreciate any small changes that occur.

  8. Great motivation but I don't do Lent. I have several friends that do and I am amazed they can keep to it.

  9. This is beautifully written with great goals. I do not practice Lent, so I will not be giving anything up.

  10. I love jolly ranchers too. I don't celebrate lent but I'm glad I'm not the only one who obsesses over them. :P