40 Day Challenge (aka Lent) Feb 27, 2017 9:04:16 GMT -5 catcat, def6, and 6 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by ohblondie on Feb 27, 2017 9:04:16 GMT -5 For Christians, this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Lent is the time leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter.If you want more information on the Lenten season, you can google it.Many Catholics (and some other Christians) take the 40 days of Lent to practice self discipline and give up candy or sweets or alcohol, or the like. My father, a retired Methodist minister, always suggested people take on a self improvement task for those days, something along the lines of walking every day, calling your grandparents or shut ins, writing letters, eating more vegetables (when I was really young), reading your bible every day, etc. Something that you would like to do to improve yourself. The thought being, it takes 21 days to start a new habit, after 40 days you should be golden.On facebook I have seen many Lenten Challenges, for example: every day, for 40 days, donate an item to a homeless shelter or a food pantry, etc. More recently I have seen posts encouraging people to take a bag and every day fill it with items you no longer need. At the end of Lent you will have 40 bags of clothes (or whatever) to donate to a homeless shelter. The most recent one from the Salvation Army says take an item every day and pop it in the bag and have a full bag at the end of the 40 days.I think I am going to do a twist on this and for every day in Lent I will deal with 40 items. It might be that I toss 10 papers and put 8 socks away and donate 3 books, take out two small bags of trash and fold 7 shirts. It might be I pick up 40 pieces of paper or things off the floor every night before I go to bed. It might be I toss one box of old papers and figure there are 80 pieces and that will cover me for two days. I am confident the first few days will be “I will pick 40 pieces of paper/trash up off the floor and toss/file/shred”I talked about this in the weekday workalong and a couple of people thought they might want to try this – not for the religious aspect but for the “for 40 days I can do anything” aspect. PLEASE NOTE AND NOTE WELL: THIS IS NOT BEING PUSHED AS A RELIGIOUS AGENDA. I AM NOT TRYING TO CONVERT ANYONE OR MAKE THEM BE CATHOLIC OR CHRISTIAN OR WHATEVER. IT IS A NEW SPIN ON LENT FOR THSE WHO ARE CHRISTIANS. AND IT IS A 40 DAY CHALLENGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT AND WHO JUST WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT LENT – I SUGGEST YOU GOOGLE IT AS I WILL NOT BE ADDING THAT STUFF TO THIS POST. I AM CREATING THIS AS A 40 DAY CHALLENGE POST.I AM ALSO NOT SUPPORTING ONE CHARITY OVER ANOTHER. THIS IS MERELY A SUGGESTION FOR A 40 DAY CHALLENGE. Lent is 40 days starting Ash Wednesday (Weds March 1st) and runs thru Easter (Sunday April 16th). Sundays are not included in the 40 days – so Sundays are your “free” day. Or in my case, the day to catch up on other days that I missed. Feel free to post pics of your progress! Remember – this is just for fun – a new spin on a challenge!