Lent: Let’s Try This Again

A couple of years ago, I decided I was going to blog for Lent. The fact I didn’t get very far says a lot about my inner life. I blamed social media. And working too hard. And the political climate. And anything but myself.

I can definitely see a reduction in my productivity, creativity and spiritual maturity since the advent of social media. But it’s my responsibility to do something about it. So here goes.

For Lent, I will stay off the knee-jerk social media sites like Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

I’m also going to give up sarcasm. Well, I’m going to try. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of irony and sarcasm. My mind and mouth just react. Great for comedy, but poison to your soul if you let it take over. And I feel like God is asking me to make room for joy. Unapologetic, sincere, childlike joy.

So here goes. Forty days without sarcasm. (Yeah, whatever.)
I haven’t gotten the ashes imposed yet. So I’ll let that slide.

Thought: Lent doesn’t have to be deprivation. Think of what you could let go of to make room for?


  1. That’s a great way to celebrate Lent….may piggy back on your idea! Buena Suerte!

  2. Children laugh a gillion times more a day than we do. Their laughter is music to my ears. They aren’t as a rule sarcastic. Neither do they give us looks that could kill. My goal in lent, to be more childlike and less childish. May got bless your Lent. Bob Rubin, artsandletters9.com

  3. Really looking forward to these blogs.But… I didn’t give up sarcasm for Lent. But I am looking forward to your blogs. Soooo much. Or am I? (yes)

  4. Would love to hear more from you! You go girl!

  5. Yes, social media especially in this political climate is a destructive force…..so thanks for this blog, Susan!…How to create a new and transformed inner self during Lent! I did receive ashes today because it is a great reminder about death and how important the proper use of our precious hours and days are!….Spring is coming, too!

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