So much for regular posting in Lent! A mix of reasons, partly, and, more significantly, I am not really finding either of the Lent books 'scratches where I am itching' so, rather than inspiration or contemplation, they are leading to irritation and disappointment. There was a time when I'd have plodded on, stoicly working my way through, determined to find something - but not this time. If the past year of strangeness has taught me anything, it's not to spend my time on things that don't, in some small measure, bring me life, energy, joy, fun, challenge or some other active and positive response. As the saying goes 'life's too short.'
To be clear, there is nothing inherently wrong or inadequate about the books, they just don't 'do it' for me.
A week since Lent began, a lot has happened to occupy my thoughts and my time, and I feel that I have been playing catch-up after my short break.
In the nine days since I posted this the friend with a new prmary diagnosis has been rediagnosed with secondaries, the person newly diagnosed with secondaries is really struggling, and the person with progression died very suddenly and after a positive Covid 19 test. Each of these remind me of the fragility and preciousness of life, that we really do need to live each moment.
Some days of course, just getting through is as a good as it gets, but giving ourselves permission to abandon things that don't give life seems healthy.
So, apologies to anyone who was looking forward to me sharing Lenten thoughts with you based on these books, it isn't going to happen. I will keep reflecting and posting during Lent, just not every day, and not in a systematic way.
Take good care of yourselves, and stay safe - the spring is coming!