With today being Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent in the Christian calendar, I thought I’d let you know not only what I’m giving up for Lent, but also what I’m adding:
- Facebook AND Twitter: Initially I only was going to be giving up Facebook, but after only checking in briefly last night, I decided to give up Twitter too. I won’t even be posting links there, but hope that you will continue to follow my blog here. I do plan on commenting still on other blogs to which I subscribe in Feedly.
- Alcohol: My plan for the start of the year was to decrease my alcohol consumption during the week, but as that isn’t happening, I’m thinking this will help.
- Daily Devotions: I bought a Kindle copy of Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent, which is a publication from Forward Movement. I also am using their Day by Day entries.
- A few other books from which to choose to read (or not, depending on how they hit me): H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman, and Hurry Up and Meditate: Your Starter Kit for Inner Peace and Better Health by David Michie. I have attempted to read McDonald’s book previously, but maybe this time it will stick.
I did take a vacation day from work today and plan to attend an Ash Wednesday service today as well as start on some of the reading. I also have scheduled to be off Good Friday, to bookend Lent, and already am off Easter Monday as the library, where I work, is closed that day.
If you are a Christian, do you have plans for Lent? Even if not, do you practice meditation? How has it helped you? What self-improvement books have helped you in your own personal journey?
…and although I know it has nothing to do with Lent, I’ll leave you with this “ashes” song: