Making Room for Joy, by Susan Beyler

When I was a young girl, Lent seemed to be about giving up something that gave you joy.  I embraced the discipline of sacrifice.  As I became older, it lost any impact.

Now, as an adult, I celebrate Lent as an opportunity to commit to giving up something that will make room for joy.

This year, it started out as ‘I will give up judgement’.  That lasted one trip down I440. 

I modified it to: I will give up following up my judgement with stories and revisiting the event.

It’s working much better – and, making room for joy!


Susan Beyler
Integrative Therapist, The Estuary