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For Lent, Invite Something In

Lent is traditionally a time to give something up. Well, not for me because I am not Catholic or religious in general…but for many Christians, it’s a time give up something to celebrate and honor the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert.

Even though I don’t usually give something up, I do try to use this time as a time of reflection. This year, I had a thought. Even though it’s traditional to give something up, why not use it as a time to invite something in?

I mean, if you think about it, the reason to give something up is, in a way, a way to invite in the holy spirit. By giving something up, you’re closer to Jesus and his teachings. If you’re not Christian, you can still benefit from this idea of letting something in in order to feel closer to…yourself, a higher power, the universe, whatever.

So, for Lent, I want to invite in Gratitude.

It’s easy (well, easier) to feel grateful in the days leading up to Thanksgiving when winter is just starting and the magic of the holidays is just around the corner. It’s easy to feel grateful surrounded by amazing food and family and friends and some days off from work.

It’s a lot harder to feel gratitude in the 14th month of winter when spring likes to tease us and then go away and everything is brown and you’re not really even sure what month it is. New Year’s Resolutions are probably long broken and you might even have a paczki hangover.

So, for the next 40 days, I invite you to partake in a gratitude challenge with me. I will (TRY) to post something every day that I am grateful for. It will probably be hard. I might miss some days.

But gratitude is most important when it’s hardest.

On Day 1, I am thankful for the time I got to spend with family in Disney a few weeks ago. It was a magical place with people I am always grateful for!

So, how about it? Are you ready to #InviteInGratitude with me? But don’t just think about the things you’re grateful for. Write them down. Start a gratitude journal. Put them on my Facebook post. Put them somewhere so when you’re feeling down and not so grateful, you can look back on them.

You can follow me on Facebook to follow along with my journey and share yours!

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