Lent is almost over. I have had several interesting and entertaining discussions about the issue. The religious advocated enhancing their spiritual lives by spending more quality time with God e.g. in prayer. One church leader proposed that his congregation de-clutter their homes and refrain from buying anything other than food, medicine and fuel.
Most secular Lent sacrifices centred around addressing the unhealthy elements of the individuals life. Some 'gave up', or drastically reduced their intake of junk food, alcohol, chocolate etc. Others 'took up' something e.g. extra visits to the gym or going to bed earlier. Someone even vowed to restart their failed new years resolutions.
With the general election campaign in full swing, I found those deciding to give up politics amusing. On a much greater scale, was the suggestion that society should come together and agree to give up plastic. A very green, if some what implausible idea.
One of the worst Lent suggestions came from my 8 year old; she wanted to give up vegetables! My favourite Lent sacrifice was undertaken by a friend who gave up the car. Within a couple of weeks he both looked and felt a lot healthier.
It's clear that people are anxious about their health (spiritual, physical & mental) and view New Year resolutions, Lent, an approaching anniversary ... as a catalyst to starting a new or restarting an unsuccessful regime.