How did Ash Wednesday fall on the day of love this year? This is not a part of my celebration week. Lent really came out of nowhere this year for me. Usually I am prepared. I know what I am giving up. And I am ready to approach 40 days of soul-searching.
Well, Ash Wednesday came and went and we didn’t get our ashes. I assured Harrison the fact that I blessed him with Holy Water was just as effective. He wasn’t in total agreement with me.
Friday came and Sydney and I shared a steak. Well, there goes the no meat on Friday rule. I am sure that Sr. DeSales is turning over in her grave. I am a Catholic that has gone astray.
So, I had a little talk with Jesus. Lent was going to have to wait until next week. Do I give up tv, Facebook, my blog, or wine? Maybe I should give up carbs, sweets or the occasional four letter word that slips out of my mouth.
For this Lenten season I decided on a different approach. I wasn’t giving up anything. Instead I want to do more for others. I want to work on myself for the next 40 days. I want to pray more for others than myself.
Yesterday, I sat by myself for an hour. Which in my house is a miracle and a holiday. I began to write down ideas on how to approach Lent. I am giving up comfort eating, and thinking negative thoughts about myself. That might take longer than 40 days.
For the next 40 days I will not doubt myself or have a fear of failing in new areas of my life. I’m giving up laziness for more activity. I will finish my plank challenge. Finally, I will no longer allow myself to be a part of toxic relationships.
Lent means different things to different people. The important thing is that the time leading up to Easter is special. It’s a blessed time of the year. It is a time for reflection and forgiveness. Think of it as a time to rebuild and rejoice.
Wishing you all a Lenten season of peace and love.