Are You Giving Up or Are You Giving Back?

Happy Lent! I’m not sure if that’s really what you say today but you get the gist.

Traditionally Lent is used as a period to ‘give up’ something and today is day one of ‘giving up’. A more modern take on the Christian festival of Lent is Lenten Positive Acts which focuses on the idea of doing a positive act each day of Lent as opposed to giving something up. So, what say you? Are you giving up or are you giving back?

I love the idea of doing positive acts each day! It also marries up perfectly because today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. I mean, all signs point to doing something nice today I feel. So, what could that be? You could make a lovely cup of tea for a colleague or family member, donate money to charity, check in on a neighbour. It doesn’t have to be massive or overly costly, just a little random act of kindness will go a long way.

If you are partaking in a spot of Lent by giving up something, make sure it’s doable and be fair on yourself. Things are a little bit (more than!) tricky at the mo with everything else that’s going on, this shouldn’t be an excuse or opportunity to make everything even less pleasant than it already is, take it easy guys! Life’s too short, let’s make the most of it.

According to statistics these are a few firm faves of what people are giving up for Lent 2021:

  • Sugar, including chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Meat
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Takeaways
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Procrastinating
  • Swearing - Fine
  • Buying clothes
  • Netflix
  • Pub trips
  • Social media
  • Gaming
  • Online dating

However, these could still be viewed as ‘giving back’. Hear me out! Maybe you’re ‘giving up’ takeaways but you’re giving back yourself the joy of cooking a homemade meal. Perhaps you’re ‘giving up’ Netflix but allowing yourself more time for your creative endeavours instead. You could view it as ‘giving up’ alcohol but equally you’re getting your fresh start, early-bird-catches-the-worm, bright and breezy mornings back. Those are all positive, amazing things to give yourself.

It’s only a negative if you view it as one. And you know what they say, as one door closes, another one usually opens. I think I’m going to try and ‘give up’ buying things I don’t really need because lockdown plays funny tricks on your mind, I tell ya! There’s been more questionable purchases in the last 12 months than I care to admit – hello over there Little Miss Unworn Matching Tracksuit! - BUT that’ll just allow me more money to spend on something cool that I really want (aka that is actually necessary), or I can save it up for a future splurge on a Summer holiday (when we’re allowed one!). It’s just about framing it in a way you are happy and comfortable with.  

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Make good choices and be kind to one another,

Fern x