Whenever I think of ashes I think of Mount Vesuvius raining ashes over Pompeii. Every Ash Wednesday unearths and reveal the Lent season. Ashes are signs of rebirth as illustrated in the mythological Phoenix.
I decided to start the renewal with early morning prayer even though mornings and I don’t get along but it is the best time because it is before the hungry wolves try to bite you. In between yawns was getting out the words to all of the Psalms and making sure my eyes didn’t shut.
I decided to give up social media for Lent. I noticed that Looking into the screen before it is turned off it has a distorted look of your reflection. Your eyes can glaze over and you have a distorted view of the reality around you. It is like viewing our lives in a warped mirror.
Another aspect of this season is that it forces a new routine that is more structured and disciplined. When I was younger I associated both discipline and routine with drudgery and boredom. The truth is that Discipline is required for creativity to exist. I’ve read about writers and artists whose lives were so simple and routine that it allowed them to grow into amazing people and as a byproduct they wrote beautiful words and painted Awe inspiring pictures.
If you are on this journey towards Easter with me I hope it is meaningful and adds new stories within the best story.