Easter is my favorite holiday. Better than Christmas, Thanksgiving, and my birthday all rolled into one. Rebirth. Resurrection. Unadulterated joy! But it’s not just Easter Sunday that gets me. It’s the whole process from Ash Wednesday (March 2) to Holy Week (April 10-17).
The Eastern Orthodox Church calls this the season of “bright sadness” and that’s it exactly. A gloriously bittersweet season that I get to revel in each spring. And while not all Christians make it a practice to fast during Lent, I really like finding something to focus on for 40 days. I’ve fasted from candy, French fries, credit cards, fear (that was a doozy!), and pride among other things. And I often share about my fast here on my blog as a way of being accountable.
So what will it be in 2022? Are you ready for this? Am I?!?
Yeah. I’m cringing just putting that out there. You know how it is. You have something SO important to say. And you already know the rest of your friend’s/husband’s/child’s sentence. So you just jump in all over the tail end of what someone else is saying. Or, worse, you cut them off completely, essentially erasing whatever it is they’re trying to tell you.
I do this. And people do this to me. It’s efficient–right? Time is so short. Why waste it listening to something you don’t need to?
Ugh. Listening. That would be the flip side.
In addition to fasting from something for Lent, I often ADD something as well. The year it was the Fruit of the Spirit was wonderful. Seems like listening–really, truly listening to others would be the perfect thing to add in 2022.
With tomorrow being Fat Tuesday–the day people traditionally overindulge in preparation for fasting–I guess I have one more day to interrupt and ignore people! And after that if you see me–if you TALK to me–you have my full permission to call me out if I interrupt or fail to hear you out. Here goes . . .