TSA #15 – Give Up

Feb 27, 2012 by

I should have done this last week as lent has already started, but its not too late.  Your Truly Simple Action this week is to give up something for 40 days.  No, you don’t have to be Catholic to observe lent.  I’m not Catholic but I like the idea of lent.

Voluntarily sacrificing something helps you realize how much you really have to be thankful for.  The history of lent had parishioners fasting for 40 days.  While most people no longer fast, the tradition has turned into giving up something you love.  Usually its something you enjoy or partake of a lot (read: slightly addicted).  This could be coffee, alcohol, sweets etc.

For lent this year I decided to give up sugar.  I’ve never done it before so I thought I would try it.  I didn’t think I ate a large amount of sugar until I started this process.  The first several days were rough as I had major withdrawal headaches, but that has passed and now I find myself not craving it at all.  Unfortunately I work at the second worst place in the world to give up sugar as our kitchens are FILLED with every treat you could imagine from Costco, but so far I’m doing pretty well.  What has really been hard is my cute old neighbors bringing me over fresh baked apple pie and home made eclairs and me having to say thank you and throwing them away.  That was rough, because A, they make really good apple pie and eclairs, and B, I hate throwing food away.

Don’t worry if you already missed the start of lent.  Start today.  Start now.  Pick something that you could use a break from.  Stop drinking soda, or give up alcohol.  Pick something that you need to cut back on and give it up for 40 days.  You will feel good about yourself and will appreciate all of the things you have just that much more.

Is lent 41 days this year because of leap day?


TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 – Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 – Go do something fun
TSA#3 – Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 – Learn something new
TSA#5 – Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 – Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 – Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 – Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 – Try a new local restaurant
TSA#12 – Stop watching one TV show
TSA#13 – Do one thing that needs to be done
TSA#14 – Make a Mess

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Giving up fear for lent

Mar 13, 2011 by

This year I’m giving up fear for lent.

I’m not Catholic, but I like the idea of lent.  Each year my wife and I usually give up some of the same things as in years past; soda, TV etc.

This year I thought more about it as I already don’t drink soda, and the TV is always a nice thing to do without to reset for a while, but I was searching for something else.  Something bigger…

So I’m giving up fear…


I told my wife this, and she chuckled, “but you aren’t afraid of anything!”   And thats true for a lot of things, but its not 100% accurate.

In 4 days I’ll be without a job.  I’ve been winding down my work with a great company, and as of the 15th I’ll be unemployed.  Well unemployed in the technical sense.   This time I’ve decided to take this opportunity to start my own businesses.  Yes, plural; multiple businesses.  And that is really scary.

I can easily overwhelm myself with the amount of details and minutia that comes along with choosing that path.  But for the next 40 days I’m giving all of that up.

I won’t let fear paralyze my progress.

I won’t let fear stop me from pursuing this dream.

I won’t let fear tell me that I don’t know what I’m doing.

I won’t let fear stop me.

And the thing is, as I write these words and look at the list above its clear to me that its all bullsh*t.   I know I’ll be fine. In fact I know I’ll be much better than fine.  Without fear I’ll move forward.  Without fear I’ll figure it out.  I always do.

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.
Japanese Proverb

So the next 40 days are all mine to live without fear.


What is fear holding you back from today?  What would happen if you just gave up that fear and pushed forward?



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