Today is one of my favorite days of the year....it's Mardi Gras! This is one day I can wrap my head and my heart around. I love a good party, therefore Mardi Gras is right up my alley and I happen to smile when I see the colors purple, green and yellow together! I also love food... so whether it's Mardi Gras or Pancake Day to you, either works for me. Today is all about indulging or over indulging as the case may be. Party on! Eat those pancakes! Empty the larder! Throw me something mister!
The first two months of 2017 have been a veritable feast. I've traveled to some lovely and interesting places. I've spent time with some of my favorite people. I did not make any ridiculous resolutions this year so my diet has not yet begun. The signs of excess fun, food and frivolity are beginning to show which can only mean it's time to dial it all back and refocus. Time to slow it all down, be more introspective and shut out some of the chatter. Maybe it's time to stay home for a while (maybe...). It's definitely time to use more discipline when it comes to eating and drinking. Cue Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of 40 days of living simply, praying more and fasting. Through these practises we are able to focus more on the journey Jesus made for us and prepare for Easter. Time spent living simply can bring my attention away from the material aspects of life and more to the spiritual ones. By praying more I have something better than the Internet to connect me to something much more important than anything online. By fasting I am reminded of the discipline it takes to lead good life in the midst of temptation and can remind me there are many who are in need every day. This leads to one more part of Lent, alms giving. This is a great time (well, any time is a great time) to give a little more to our favorite charities or give our time generously to those who need us. Lent is hard work, right? But hard work reaps great benefits! One more reason I love Mardi Gras....Ash Wednesday.