Almost Lent

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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.EU

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?



2 thoughts on “Almost Lent

  1. I use my 3 journal pages in the morning as a form of meditation and retreat to my journal, when possible, during the day, as a break from stress – physical or mental.

    Here’s a suggestion – rather than viewing Lent as a time of denial, why don’t you turn it on its head and try adding a habit or practice you want to continue after the time is up? Give yourself a sticker on the calendar for each day you’re successful. A kind of mini-reward!

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