Talking to Greg, we decided that while neither of us feels obligated by Scripture to observe Lent, it's probably a great idea. To give something up...
to fast, for the season leading up to Passover, Easter.
For me, one of my big "escapes" is tv. And I feel very entitled to it.
[Ex: "Oh, but I just went to school for like...four hoursssss. I deserve to hole up in my bed and watch 6 hours of TV!]
TV isn't a problem for everyone, but I think it was becoming a problem for me.
And, while it's difficult to avoid TV in a house with a gigantic flat screen and
an amazing amount way too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress on it's DVR, it's been really nice so far.
I think I rediscovered reading for pleasure!
And, because one of the Borders near me is closing, I got lots of cheap books to help me out.
The Reading List:
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut (my favorite)
Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates (current read)
"Say there's a mirror you have trusted to give you a solid unblemished surface reflecting the world then suddenly it breaks and shatters revealing a thousand new surfaces, miniature angles of seeing that must have been there all along hidden in the mirror's bland face but you hadn't known.
Who is, Who was."
I've felt that.
"The old has gone, the new is here!"
1 Corinthians 5:17