I would love to observe Lent according to the old law, with forty days of fasting. I can't. I feel ill if I go too long without eating, and furthermore I'm pregnant. Every Lent I chafe over the things I can't do. Never mind that there are only twenty-four hours in the day, and I have to sleep some of them. Never mind that I have physical limitations. The things I wish I could give up are entirely unrealistic, but it insults my pride.
This Lent I am trying to learn humility. I will offer to God the things that I can, and trust that if God wants the rest, He will give me the ability. I plan to let the matter rest there, but I am proud, and I doubt it will be that easy.