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6 Things You Could Totally Ditch For Lent

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Hello guys! It's that time of the year again (from the title of this post, I'm sure my Catholic blog readers know exactly where I'm going with this *big smile*) and can we talk also about how this post is coming suppperrr early as Lent actually began on Valentine's day? Procrastination kills.
Anyways, I thought I'd share a faith-related blog post for this weekend especially for people like me who were/are struggling a bit in deciding what to give up for Lent, 2018.

"Give up?!"
I think it's such a cool period because it involves going out of your way to be unselfish and to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus's suffering for 40 whole days leading up to Easter. I like to look at Lent as a good starting point to control certain habits and you'll even be surprised that you'll go on with these new habits even after Easter!

If you're a Christian (observing this Lenten period) and you're having a hard time deciding what to abstain from this season. Or you're unable to go on a serious fast due to old age, pregnancy or a health condition and still want to go on a mortification journey for the season. You're not alone, this post is for you!



This is a no-brainer, but is definitely easier said than done. However, it's mandatory to ditch meat (chicken, turkey, beef etc) on Ash Wednesday and Lenten Fridays. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of meat so if I had to pick this as something I choose to abstain from throughout Lent, then I'm (sort of) cheating.


The idea is to deprive yourself of something you absolutely love and (think) you cannot do without. So if your diet revolves around meat, then I think this is a good place to begin your mortification *smirk*.



I don't think I should explain how easily one can get addicted to alcohol or other substances along this line. It's not as easy as it sounds to just say, "STOP. RESIST THE TEMPTATION!"


But when you sit and realize that a liquid cannot keep limiting you, you could use Lent as a beautiful reminder. Why? This is because at the back of your mind, there's a greater reason why you're choosing to let it go until Easter...or who knows? Even after! Plus, you're doing your liver a huge favour.



I don't know if anyone understands how addictive Youtube can be. Or maybe it's just me? It's almost so easy to get sucked in.


If you find that you spend more than half of your day on Social media apps and feel like a comet will hit the Earth once you go offline. Then, Ding! Ding! Ding! we have a winner. They can get so addictive and actually hinder you from focusing your own life. As deep as this sounds, it's the honest truth.

Tip:
Go to your phone settings. Click on *insert social media* app. Click "uninstall" (and mean it).



Avid Uber User? Sure, taxis are comfortable but you could actually give them up for a cramped up danfo (commercial bus) or keke (rickshaw) this Lent. Sounds inconveniencing but that's sort of the point. Plus you get to save the extra naira.



A little gossip here and there can seem pretty harmless. However, if you really take a good look at it...it's hypocrisy to the highest order. Everyone at some point in their life has probably whispered in a few ears. At the end of the day, no one is perfect but if you find yourself or your group of friends constantly talking about another person in an ugly or demeaning manner.


CONSTANTLY. As in, you don't have any other meaningful topic to discuss...then, my brother/sister, it's time for re-evaluation.




It's never a bad idea to upgrade your music playlist with Gospel music. We are really what we listen to. You'd be surprised how the smallest of things actually have a large influence in your life. I find I'm more at peace whenever I listen to Christian music. You should definitely give it a go.



That'll be all for now!
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