On this exact day every year–the day before Lent begins–I find myself in the same dilemma: what am I going to do for Lent?
When I was younger, it was the usual–give up chocolate, candy, ice cream or all three. Truthfully, I never “made it” all the way to Easter, although some years I got closer than others. Whenever I give up candy/chocolate, I cannot walk down a street without chocolate bars and bunnies popping out at me from every store window. The resolve starts to wobble.
Besides an increased attentiveness to kindness and patience, this Lent I plan to be mindful of my need for relentless activity and busyness. I want to enjoy some daily quiet time. My inspiration is a quote from English writer Evelyn Underhill: “Try to arrange things that you can have a reasonable bit of quiet every day.” It fits well with another of her quotes: “For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.”
Does anyone make a practice of daily quiet time? How does it affect you?