Lent! It’s upon us! Happy Ash Wednesday to you! In case you forgot (I always forget and start late.) then consider this your friendly reminder.
Did you see the movie, Chocolat? With Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp? It’s my kind of movie. If you didn’t walk away from that one wanting to wear pumps everyday and stir giant cauldrons of melted chocolate for a living then I don’t know who you are. Another thing about that movie and why I’m bringing it up at all is because it was my first real exposure to Lent. As a dyed in the wool LDS girl I’m for sure not the expert on this tradition. I’m not even the expert on my own religious practices, soooo… (but I’m trying!).
Briefly, Lent is a 40 day period of time leading up to and ending on Easter Sunday. Typically those who practice it view it as a time of repentance. I know there’s fasting involved and probably all around less self-indulgence. I’m probably missing a lot, but that’s my small understanding. There’s something about it though that really resonated with me after I watched that movie and so it’s a tradition I’ve adopted. However, I’ve catered it to something of my own over the years. I’ve tried giving up luxuries but I usually don’t stick to those resolutions for too long. I don’t know what that says about me… Anyhoo, instead I try and add something to my life for 40 days like, do my hair for 40 days or do something sweet for someone for 40 days or make my bed for 40 days, etc. You get the idea. So, that’s what I do, but I’m not not NOT about to ask you to do it with me. (But I’m secretly hoping you will, but don’t unless you really want to. See below.)
You should have seen last year’s Lent. It was ludicrous and quite possibly the most stressful 40 days of my life. I made this master plan to not only read Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage (It’s a proper tome and some serious LDS gospel meat. At least for me who is still on gospel milk. “Give me milk! And make it chocolate!”), but every one of the 40 days had little video watching assignments about the life of Christ. It also had journaling activities and church chats and all kinds of EVERYTHING New Testament so that I could be more spiritual and stuff. The real doozer about this is that I tried to rope someone into doing it with me. I told him I had a big surprise for him when I came home from work so to get excited! Ha! Of ALL things I’m sure he wasn’t prepared for my plans for the Lenten fast of all Lenten fasts that was about to descend upon him. Long story short and after his bitter disappointment with such a…. REALLY well intended “gift”, all we ended up doing was reading Jesus the Christ. I fearlessly tried to do all of the rest of the stuff but crashed and burned in Lenten ruin 3 days in.
This year I’ve cooled my jets and planned something much more attainable. And here it is! I bring you, LENT 2016! Yoga. 30 minutes a day for 40 days. Can she do it? Why, yes. Yes, she can!
Juicy Jam Session: Better Than by Lake Street Dive. As in, better than last year’s Lent. Eesh… Hurray for improvement!