Well, as of Monday, it is Great Lent for me and all of my Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters. I have stopped playing mobile games and watching humorous YouTube videos (though speaking of which, you should check out Studio C). I am also effectively made a vegan, and rice, Oreos, and pasta are a great blessing.
I have been thinking for some weeks that what I really needed was Great Lent. I have repeated patterns of laziness, binge-watching Downton Abbey or Star Trek: TNG, being rude to my neighbors, and in general becoming an a-hole. I need a change.
And this time of fasting and repentance, to be ultimately followed by Easter, or Pascha, gives me the opportunity to slow down for awhile and really examine myself and what I’m doing. It’s also an excellent chance for Spring cleaning and planting spinach, but that’s secondary.
When I start taking my life for granted, I become careless and despondent. I play Village Life and forget that my life is temporary. I get wrapped up in domestic affairs and the rights and wrongs of my six siblings behavior, and I forget to analyze mine.
So I intend to spend Great Lent working on self-improvement, primarily spiritually, but also mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically. I will began learning new guitar chords. I will write more. I will get outside and listen to the birds, feel the wind on my face, and get some exercise. I will spend time in silence, simply enjoying the aura of my life, and listening to every sound, feeling every bit of material touches my skin, and really appreciating both the fullness and emptiness of life.
I may try to blog more before Pascha, but no promises. Thanks for subscribing!