My Lent challenge – giving up complaining!

Florence near her fish pond CAFOD Lent

Eleanor works in the Volunteer Support team at CAFOD. Here she talks about what inspired her Lent challenge this year.

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From grumpy to grateful – Eleanor’s Lent challenge

7am ‘I’m so tired….urgh….why didn’t I go to bed earlier?

10am ‘How is it only 10am?! It feels like 5pm!’

1pm ‘I wish I’d brought a different lunch’

And repeat!

Looking back on some text messages I exchanged with a good friend of mine I realised that our conversations were a bit on the…whingey side! Not only that, but every conversation was an almost identical list of complaints about things that were really not worth complaining about.

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For Lent I usually give up things like chocolate, cakes and caffeine, but looking back at all my moaning I wondered if I could try to give up my worst habit of all – complaining!

Now we are officially in Holy Week ‘giving up complaining’ is still a work in progress, but I think I am making progress. I’ve been inspired by Laudato Si’ where it says, ‘we should accept ‘each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the full.’ I hope that by complaining less, and appreciating the positives in my life more I can implement this in my everyday life.

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Florence beside one of her fish ponds

I was also inspired by Florence’s story, which is highlighted in this year’s Lent appeal. It is such a positive one. With her hard work, commitment and dedication she transformed her life.

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A trick I have found helpful is whenever a complaint slips out is to think of the situation again in a positive light. It’s definitely made my days brighter. I’m also using his approach in another way and turning my complaints into cash – every complaint made is a donation to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal. By doing this I know that even if I slip up my donation can help build a positive future for women like Florence.

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