Today is Wednesday (25th Feb 09) and it’s Ash Wednesday – marking the beginning of the Lent Season.
In the English language, Lent was formerly referred to by the Latin term quadragesima (translation of the original Greek tessarakoste, the "fortieth day" before Easter)
FYI, Lent Season is a month – actually 40 days – of fasting from food, festivities and act of penance remarked by the Christians to reminisce the 40 days of temptations of The Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Yes, you heard me… it’s a month of fasting!
Talking about fasting, surely to me, it’s not literally going weak, making faces to everyone – as a result in lacking of food and drinks! (Mind you, I greatly abhor those types of hypocrites)
I couldn’t agree more with one of my colleagues when he said that Lent is a time to:
1. Eat “enough” food not to eat as if tomorrow never comes!
2. Minimized what you always do
(include Facebook, Friendster, IRC, blogging etc.)
Seems to me somebody is nailing it straight right? Ouch. LOL
3. Always give and forgive NOT “get and forget”.
4. Avoid showing off you are fasting with the “kryptonite” look!
(above all, I fancy this one)
Frankly, I see Lent as a month of retreat for everything. Meaning to say, you are slowing down your pace on whatever endeavors, undertaking etc. and making time for ourselves to reflect back upon what has happened to us and our surroundings.
Give it a try and you’ll know what I mean (been doing it since yesterday). Funny as it can be, you may laugh at your own mistakes – i.e. knowing that all this while somebody is having the same feeling to you but refused to reveal it, hoping one day the other would initiate the first spark. (Example only, nothing to do with the living @ the dead)
Point is this fasting month will reveal to us all – something we have passed by @ missed because maybe, at that particular time we forgot to glimpse into the side mirror.
So, do continue your journey because it is the way it should be! Life goes on, no matter what. But, remember also to glance at your mirror (reflecting) on our past.
Happy Fasting and wishing you all the very best the life can offer!
Till the next posting.