I used to wonder why people thought it was such a big deal to give up lint. So, I have to clean my belly button for 40 days in a row? OK, I can do that. Chances are that as a kid, when I was bored, digging around in my belly button was on my list of things to do. As was checking for dirt between my toes! Hey, don’t laugh, Nintendo wasn’t invented yet. Granted, it took a while, but finally I got the gist of things.
Ash Wednesday is the start of the 40 days of Lent. Traditionally celebrated as a time for individuals, to do without or give up something, that is dear to the person.
This year, I’m going to try a new approach. Instead of giving up cookies or using bad words, for Lent; I want to let go of whatever pride, anger, meanness, lack of patience or ignorance gets in my way of treating others with kindness. Chances are I would be more successful abandoning breathing for 40 days and nights. But, I’m going to give this a shot.
Of course, this means I’m going to be apologizing a whole lot more! I hate apologizing! It means admitting I was wrong. Even if I don’t think I was. Um, yes, I do have a problem with PRIDE – what gave you that clue????
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude,
then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
Editors Note: Please do not take offense to Kitty having an Ash Wednesday cross on his forehead. He is always quick to accept love, give love, forgive and offer comfort. He deserves the blessing of grace, much more than I! Plus – he’s very furry and makes a ton of LINT!