Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday

It's been years since I listed what I was giving up for Lent. For me, the season is more about focus than sacrifice. I think about what's essential to my life, and whatever isn't, I give up.

I know many people give things up for these forty days, then are quick to indulge again, but Lent is supposed to be about life change. What can I give up for good that will make my life better? Phrase the question that way, and I answer with ways of thinking and patterns of behavior more often than candy or TV. We like and are comfortable with our thinking and behaviors, in part because of how long we've practiced them. I don't think we want to be locked in all our lives.

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