A week from now, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, is the beginning of abstaining from what we like most for 40 days and 40 nights. When I ask the kids what they will give up, they normally choose chocolate, candy, pop, television, Facebook (right!), etc. On a higher scale, Patricia from Called by Joy provided this list to give us other ideas. Give up worry – trust Divine Providence Give up discouragement – be full of hope Give up bitterness – turn to forgiveness Give up complaining – focus on gratitude Give up pessimism – become an optimist Give up harsh judgments – think kind thoughts Give up hatred – return good for evil Give up negativism – be positive Give up anger – be more patient Give up pettiness – become mature Give up gloom – enjoy the beauty that is all around you Give up jealousy – pray for trust Give up gossiping – control your tongue Give up sin – turn to virtue Give up giving up – hang in there Let’s pretend for the sake of this prompt, more importantly, for the sake of Daily Peace, what will you give up? Tell me and I will you mine. This is in response to Daily Prompt: Open ending. Come and join us, it’s fun.