Regular readers might remember that last year, I gave up watching/reading news for Lent. It was a difficult experience for me because I had become such a news junkie. However, it turned out to be one of the best things I've done. As a result of the news fast, I found myself feeling more peaceful and content. My prediction was that I would race for the remote that Easter Sunday, but I didn't. It was a while before I turned on the news or scoured web sites for current events. Even now, I try to limit my exposure by watching the morning news for weather info and about 1/2 hour of evening news. Sometimes I slip up and I pay for it - I lose that feeling of contentment.
This year I was struggling to come up with something to do. Then, while reading some of my favorite blogs, I stumbled upon the perfect idea. Kristi at La Bella Figura said she was joining her neighbor in the "Not a Cent for Lent" program. That means not buying anything except essentials (i.e., gasoline, groceries, toiletries, pet food) during the six weeks of Lent. I love this idea as it will be a sacrifice, will make me more aware of the wasteful spending I do, and make me more appreciative of my ability to purchase things on whim.
I'd love to hear what any of my readers are doing for Lent.