Yes- I am going to observe Lent this year. I’m a little nervous. Why? Well for starters, my past recollection of Lent was always to give up something (ice cream or bubble gum) and grumble and complain about it for the next 40 days. The disconnect was the reason behind Lent. This was all way back in the days of semi practicing the Catholic faith—which I have a greater appreciation for as I get older. Although I am in the “non-denominational” denomination category. I digress. Another reason I am nervous is that I feel like “what if I fail and I fall on my face!?!” Then you get back up and start over? I mean, really. What is the worst case scenario here.
This time, I want to add something instead of take away … meditation and yoga. “Can I do that?” Add something instead of take away? I asked my practicing Catholic Faith friend (and oldest friend of over 34 yrs mind you) and she was excited about it for me. I shared it with my neighbor, who pointed out that in adding those, I am actually taking out the noise (from life while engaging in those things). Hmm. Thanks friends!
The idea to dial down and get back to God’s voice and his promptings is what my inner being craves right now. I’m turning back all my library books (after I make a list so I can pick them back up at some point after Lent). You know how it goes. You hear about a book. And then put it on hold at the library. You hear about another one. You put that one on hold too. And basically they all come in at the same time and then you juggle your interests. So yeah. I’m going to put that on hold for Lent. Also, podcasts. I’m addicted. Realizing I am filling my every commute minute with these awesome nuggets of info… I have become obsessed and need to put the pause button on those too.
I mean, this new podcast discovery has been such an enjoyment. I LOVE the insight and the how-to’s. Ad-dict-ing. Podcasts are like crack to me. Or so I think. Needless to say, I am excited about this season of Lent. 🙂