So, today is Ash Wednesday... the beginning of the Lenten season. Typically, as Catholics, we "give up" something for Lent. We "sacrifice" one of our favorite things, foods, etc. to "suffer" as Jesus did on the Cross.
Just yesterday, at the office where I work, the conversation turned to Lent and what everyone was going to "give up". Someone said cursing, someone said sugar. I felt like I was back in third grade! LOL.
What a great idea! I think this is fun. It isn't always easy to be positive and give compliments, especially if you're having a bad day and feel like telling everyone you come in contact with to take a flying leap! It puts things in perspective and makes you sit back and think for a minute. And when you receive a compliment, it puts a smile on your face.
I mean, who knows... by the time Good Friday rolls around, we might all just feel like telling each other to stick it where the sun don't shine. But for now, it's a simple thing that may not be changing the world.... but it's a feeling of comraderie among the 6 of us. And putting little smiles on our faces.
And I think that's a good thing. Maybe Jesus would want us to be smiling because of small kindnesses bestowed on us. And not suffering by "giving up" something. Maybe "giving up" a little of the negativity that seems to make this world go 'round is exactly the kind of "giving up" that Jesus had in mind.