So it's another Lent. Another 40 days of denying myself something that I really miss when I don't have it. I'm usually only cranky about it for a few days, then my more contemplative side takes over.
It always feels weird to do such a public display of my faith/spirituality, which is usually something I'm very private about. This is important to me, though, not so much because it's an "expected" thing or any true sense of "duty" I feel, but because I think it's important to realize that we don't have to be constantly acquiring, we don't have to seek comfort and luxury all of the time, and because we don't have to have what we want all of the time.
The country and the time we live in is so prosperous, so basically wonderful and set up to pamper each and every one of us as long as we have the resources to pay for it, that we tend to forget how fortunate we really are, how unlike much of the rest of the world. And how can we even begin to realize the inequity, the unfairness of it all, much less do something about it, until we see just where we are on the absolute scale?
And I think a little sacrifice removes a little of the relativism from the perspective, even when it's self-induced. It's a part of what people mean when they say expand your mind.
God bless, and Blessed Be.