At the health club I attend, folks are constantly taking turns using the 20lb and 25lb weights. There are many sets of these, and they look worn out and sometimes broken. And yet, people keep fighting for them.
At the other end of the rack, you can find the heavy dumbbells. Those weigh between 80 to 150lb. There’s just one set of each weight. Yet nobody fights for those. They just sit there, waiting.
They are there waiting for the folks who train the hardest. Those people just walk in and grab the shiny weights, while the rest of us fight for the beat up ones.
I have found that life tends to be like that as well. The scarcest, shinier things tend to be available for the taking, only if you have worked hard enough to be in position to make use of them.
Keep working hard, keep getting better, keep working at excellence. Then stroll in and grab your shiny weights.
I have come to realize that giving up things for lent is not about suffering. It’s not even about sacrificing as an end on itself.
Instead, sacrifice is a means to an end.
All things worth pursuing require some level of sacrifice. Exercising sacrifice makes us better at becoming better.
So if you look at giving up things as an exercise of becoming better, the sacrifice becomes more palatable, and even exciting.
So try giving up something good for the sake of something better. You will yourself become better in the process.