Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Many people give things up for Lent, but this year I'm thinking of doing things a little differently. In past years I have given up numerous things: meat, chocolate, candy, coke, and the like. Giving them up made me a grumpier, less-likeable me...that is not what Lent is about.
This Lent, my plan is to incorporate into my life that which brings me closer to the best version of me. I am not sure everything this entails, as I am sure that some of the things I choose to do will come to me during the course of the Lenten season. However, I do know a few things right off the bat that I am going to try to do better: I am going to go to mass every Sunday instead of the ones where I am not too busy with work. I am going to pray more for myself and others, especially the people who make me angry. I will get enough sleep. I will try to always see the positive side of things, even on the worst days. I will argue less and hug more. I will learn to (correctly) pray the rosary and try to make it a habit.
So many people see Lent as a season of denial, of sacrifice, of suffering, and of waiting. While it is these things, it is also a season of awakening, of wonder, of forgiveness, and of becoming something better than we were. Moving toward the best version of ourselves.