1
Mar
2017

One year, not many moons ago, I decided to challenge myself for lent.  I mean, really choose something that was a sacrifice and would be non-trivial to follow through on.  I chose to forgo shopping for myself whether in stores or online.  No little treats, no clothing, no books.  I would also donate a weekly amount of money to represent my non-shopping savings to charity.

I remember announcing this to the family when they asked what I was doing.  My daughter’s eyes grew really big, and she gasped, “NO SHOPPING? HOW WILL WE EAT?”  I soothed her upset by explaining that it did not mean I would not do the grocery shopping, just that I would not be treating myself to the unnecessary items that seemed to find their way into my basket.  Like those little irresistible nail polishes you find on the endcaps.

I was successful. The last two weeks were rough.  And the hardest item to eliminate purchases of was books.  I spent a lot of time in the library checking things out.  Too bad that habit didn’t stick for long.  I love them too much not to own them.

This year, I am trying to similarly challenge myself.  I am toying with the idea of forgoing eating out in restaurants, but that might be a tad too rough, as it puts a damper on the occasional meet-up with friends I don’t regularly see.


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