I don't consider myself a very spiritual person, but I do sometimes pray. Mostly in times of need, but sometimes just a simple "Thank you, Jesus!" when something simple or silly goes my way - like finding a great parking spot during a rainstorm.
I went out today to get a couple of tacos for lunch only to discover that my local taqueria was closed for Ash Wednesday, and I was reminded that today was the start of Lent. From Wikipedia:
Lent (Latin: Quadragesima - English: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. This event, along with its pious customs, is observed by Christians in the Anglican, Calvinist, Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions.
When I was a kid, Lent was a big deal. However, the focus was always on giving something up - I remember giving up bubble gum one year. That was hard at the time, but I was rewarded with a ton of bubble gum in my Easter basket.
|Bubblicious was my favorite!|
There are a few things that I was focusing on the last few months that I've let go a bit in the past few weeks - tracking my food, eating more veggies, drinking more water, and the big one - cutting out artificial sweeteners, which includes my beloved diet Pepsi. So I decided that since today is the first day of Lent, it would be a good day to refocus and get back on track. I like the idea of incorporating more positive - doing things that are good for me - vs. giving something up. And leading into spring, this seems like as good of a time as any.
So today will start my 40 days of doing good things for my body and my health.