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Sacrifices That Weighed Me Down – Darby Rae

Sacrifices That Weighed Me Down

Every Lent for the past, oh, six years I have given up the same thing—yelling at my kids (sometimes I state my parental position a little too passionately—occasionally scaring the neighbor kids). My teens look forward to Lent every year because of the 40 day reprieve from yelling; that and they enjoy the Friday night Fish Fry at our church.

So this year, in addition to the standard—not yelling at the kids—I reflected on the last 12 months to see if there was anything else I should consider giving up. What I realized was I have given up quite a bit since last Lent. I gave up exercising, eating healthy, a few hours sleep, house work (to an extent), yard work, and I seem to have given up my weekends too (work instead of play and no sleeping in).

Is all this sacrificing a good thing? I examined results. My muffin top has expanded into a coffee cake (creating more of me to love), two flights of stairs winds me (I hear elevators are safer anyway), and when I feel like exercising—I lay down until the feeling passes (why risk injury).

While the results of my past sacrifices are evident, I’ve decided to forfeit last year’s sacrifices and replace them with a new one.  This year’s Lenten sacrifice is giving up my 70 hour work week to spend more time with my family and friends. I may not have figured out how to live The 4-Hour Workweek that Timothy Ferriss describes in his book (a must read), but I will commit to a 4-Hour Work Weekend. And that’s a start.


  1. I love your new ‘sacrifice’. Sounds like a winner! And, I don’t believe that your muffin top has turned into a coffee cake – you are still as beautiful as ever. Glad you are going to work less and loving those little (not really little) people. Your kids are the best – I don’t. know how they can be loved more.

  2. Ever the over achiever! I’m sure you will succeed as you do with all of your goals! Keep up the good work 🙂

  3. Hmmm…reminds me of all the sacrifices I’ve made this last year. Painfully thought-provoking, and funny in a weird sort of way. The harder we try to keep it all together, the faster it seems to fall apart. It would probably be worth letting some things drop so that I could focus more on others. Besides, paperwork doesn’t hug me back~

    Thanks for the insight! Keep it up, you’re awesome!

  4. Great point—I’ve yet to see a bumper sticker that says, “Have you hugged your paperwork today?”

  5. You are a total rock star! The career, your kids, the book. I’m not sure how you are able to keep it all together and do it so beautifully. Good luck with your current “sacrifice” – I know the results will be great and so worth it!

  6. That’s so bizarre… I’ve given up the same things since last year’s Lent… well, probably even longer if I’m honest. No exercise, sleep, family time, vacation. It’s not been my best plan and I too have the muffin top to prove it. Okay, so tomorrow is a new day. Heck, maybe I’ll even get to bed early tonight now that you’ve inspired me!

  7. Cynthia Schaeffer says

    Hey, I think that’s what your mom used to give up for lent. I remember you always liked lent because she couldn’t yell at you for at least a couple of days. Isn’t funny that we do the things our parents use to.

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