So in my previous posting I said I would write “tomorrow.” Obviously “tomorrow” is code for, “in a few days when I’m sick in bed.
Now, to address Ash Wednesday and Lent. Though I identify with a sect of Christianity that doesn’t generally observe orthodox traditions, in my own personal life I usually take Ash Wednesday as an opportunity to do some hard reflection, introspection, and maybe a little mourning. Taking the same approach to Lent, I generally participate in some form of self-denial, whether it be physical or mental; sometimes giving up a favorite food, television, music, or anything that will affect my life where I will be forced to think.
In 2011 I’ve really been on a quest to reconnect with my faith and become a singular person, so it was pretty ironic that I completely forgot about Ash Wednesday until Fred and I were at Costco and I was wondering why so many people had dirty foreheads. I was so wrapped up in my crazy life that I didn’t remember a yearly tradition that I find to be personally motivating and meditative.
So, here I am, almost week into Lent and just don’t know if I should try and salvage the tradition or just forget about it and focus on living. I’ve been sick in bed the last two days, so there’s definitely been a lot of starting at the ceiling pondering things that no one should have time to think about – I feel like I need to be active, but I know I should let my body and mind rest.