Today is Ash Wednesday and many of you are probably returning from church after receiving ashes on your forehead. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the Lenten Period, and it signifies the start of a time of fasting, praying, reflecting and doing penance before Easter Sunday. As the ashes are placed on the forehead, the words, “Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return,” are recited to remind us not to fall in love with worldly possessions and practice humility in our hearts.
It’s a common practice during Lent to give up something which is near and dear to your heart to “emulate” Jesus Christ’s act of giving up His life. The difficulty of giving up something that we love is supposed to remind us of the suffering that Jesus went through as He carried the cross. Even though what we give up is NOWHERE near similar to what Jesus sacrificed, the little things we give up can help us change for the better as human beings, and that’s exactly what the Lenten season is all about- Correcting our wrongdoings and becoming “new people.”
So, whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not, there is no time like the present to start becoming a better person (and it’s definitely something we should ALL work on!). I decided to compile a list of 8 things that we should all try to give up these 40 some days that will hopefully, put us on the right path to being better people. Some of them aren’t necessarily things we love but bad habits we tend to engage in!
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