(in the Christian religion) an annual season of fasting and penitence
in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40
weekdays to Easter, observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, and certain
This year I have given up: Television after 8 pm, Candy, Soda and Cursing.While Christians give up visible items, I have realized that there is more to this Lent thing than I previously thought...
The timing of Lent this year is so crazy to me. My Son's birthday was Monday. My Son is 13 now and I have to "let go" of the fact that he is still my little boy. He is going to be doing more things without my help than with it. It is difficult trying to get that through my own head. Being "The Boy's Mother" has been my title for so long, I forget how to not be that. We probably held his last party this past Saturday. He didn't need me once.
And then there's Valentine's Day...
I don't really "do" Valentine's Day. Usually because there generally has never been a valid reason to celebrate it. I don't do relationships well at all and the folks I get to "know" generally don't garner the appreciation I deserve. And I know I deserve it because that's what they tell me (for what that's worth). I am using this time to "let go" of the notions that I can control that. There is nothing I can do or my friends can suggest for me to just "get" a Valentine or Sweetheart. So that means I am going to "Let Go" of the advice I will ultimately be getting to "Get a Man..." I have to start believing that it can't mathematically be true that I am always the issue and then let the chips fall where they may. The perceptions people have that may involve me have can't be altered by me. It is what it is.
So I am realizing that Lent is more than giving up things... Even though in my head "The Monikarchy is real," I have to understand that I can't fight God's battles. Its not my plan so I can't dictate the ending of the plan. I have to understand that I can't force my will to be the will of others. That's not how it works. I can only play in my lane and hope for the uninterrupted outcome. I'm an oldest child, though, so I need y'all to be patient with me...
Good luck to you on your journey through this Lenten Season. Hopefully, your Letting Go process will be successful and productive.