We’re over halfway through Lent. How’s it going? What did you decide to give up or take up? Did you make any spiritual goals? How have you grown thus far and how do you hope to make the most of the remainder of this season?
We are almost finished with Lent! It is going by so quickly this year. My commitment to GTD and to posting What I Wore Sunday has made me much more aware of the passage of time than usual. Every week is significant, whereas in Lents past, I would find myself preparing for Holy Week with absolutely no sense of accomplishment.
This year, despite the perception of speeding through the season, I feel like I have done better. Kendra Tierney created this meme, and that helped me recognize that my Lent needed to be a time of pulling up weeds. The results have been surprising and fruitful. I feel comfortable sharing them now.
One of my Lenten resolutions was to give up the radio and listen only to music I own or to podcasts. My affinity for radio had turned into an attachment to noise. I was playing music almost constantly when I was at home. That was partly because I like music and partly because I am home alone a lot. The noise of the house settling freaks me out. This week, the sudden small thumps of June bugs beating against the door, confused by the porch light, has increased my nighttime disturbances. Music helps fill the silence, but even music can become noise.
Around the same time, I realized that the radio station I listened to in the morning was full of ads and talk that I didn’t like, crowding out the music that I did like. The benefit of traffic updates is not enough; I can get those from Joe Taylor on Twitter. So I turned off the radio and began having much more pleasant mornings. My audio system has an iPhone-specific line in, so I can effortlessly stream albums and songs I own. I even dragged out some real, physical CDs. I had no idea I owned some of the songs on my old WOW Hits CDs! It has been such an edifying experience that I’m reluctant to turn on the radio again.
I also gave up alcohol for Lent, as usual. That’s been going fine. I was, however invited to a w(h)ine party that I couldn’t attend for other reasons. That same friend is hosting another similar party this weekend. I will be bringing Arnold Palmer, the best non-alcoholic mixed drink there is.
I abstain from meat every Friday. For the last couple of years, I have not added anything additional on top of that, and that was a good decision. This year, I could tell that I needed some extra mortification, so I took on an additional Friday penance. I prefer not to say what it is, but I have succeeded so far.
That brings me to my main resolution, my secret resolution. It shall remain a secret. It’s been going badly. (That part is not a secret.) It’s been so bad, in fact, that I brought it up in Confession earlier this month. My confessor gave me some good advice, and I managed a huge leap forward last week, but this week was back to the terrible grind. I refuse to give up, though. I will conquer!