Stand apart from the crowd
Everyone else is doing their thing, but your Lenten penance is yours alone. It might be quirky and oddball, but you know yourself better than anyone, and if your Lenten promise involves staying away from the gumball machine, ditching Twitter for a while, or trying to be nice to one stranger per day, then that’s the promise to make. Life-as-usual is boring, but greatness brings out the best possible you, and for that there is no substitute.
Learn to fail
I hate to fail, but every Lent I fail hard. For instance, I almost always end up eating meat on a Friday accidentally, and it may have happened a time or two that I’ve fallen short of my resolution not to drink alcohol. But the lesson I’ve learned is that, if mediocrity accepts failure and gives up, greatness sees the failure as an opportunities to re-commit.
Try something new
The best Lenten resolutions don’t only involve giving up a bad habit, they also involve doing something new like helping out at the soup kitchen, meeting someone new, or volunteering for the first time at fish fry. Mediocre people settle into a pattern and never break it. It can be a bit frightening to break out of old habits but along with the fact that it might be fun, there’s the satisfaction of expanding your horizons.
Is vanity ruining your Lent?